Marcela A. Fuentes

Curriculum Innovation Award, 2021

Archiving and making digital performances in the ear of virality


Marcela A. Fuentes, associate professor of Performance Studies in the School of Communication, will design a course that engages students in project-based, experiential learning opportunities to research, document, exhibit and draw from performance artworks developed during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The course aims to foster students’ critical thinking about history as process, media as lively matter and human communication as an expressive, transformative endeavor.

Students will explore paradigmatic works using digitally mediated environments and digital humanities research in order to analyze and catalogue performance examples from the COVID-19 era.

Fuentes’s research focuses on tactical media and performance in contemporary protests and activisms. Her teaching interests include tactical media, social art tactics, digital performance, the digital humanities and feminist and queer performance.