Theatre, Performance and Analogue Technology
Historical Interfaces and Intermedialities
Edited by Kara Reilly
|Publication Date||October 2013|
|Formats||Hardcover Ebook (PDF) Ebook (EPUB)|
|Series||Palgrave Studies in Performance and Technology|
This trans-historical essay collection explores spectacular analogue performance technologies from Ancient Greece to before the Second World War in a study that is the first of its kind. From Heron of Alexandria's mechanical theatres to the fin de siècle théâtre phone, from ancient mechanical elephants to early modern automata, from Enlightenment electrical experiments to Victorian spectral illusions, this volume offers an original examination of the precursors of contemporary digital performance. Featuring essays by contributors including Johannes Birringer, Odai Johnson, Kate Newey and Richard Beacham amongst others, the volume is the first book to offer key insights on analogue precursors to contemporary digital performance.