Palgrave Studies in Performance and Technology

Immersive Embodiment

Theatres of Mislocalized Sensation

Authors: Jarvis, Liam

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  • Provides the first comprehensive examination of how experimental embodiment is being creatively repurposed by artists
  • Scrutinises the complex ethical considerations involved
  • Takes a multidisciplinary approach across immersive theatre scholarship, studies in intermediality/new media and neuroscientific experiments in body-ownership
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This book offers a wide-ranging examination of acts of ‘virtual embodiment’ in performance/gaming/applied contexts that abstract an immersant’s sense of physical selfhood by instating a virtual body, body-part or computer-generated avatar. Emergent ‘immersive’ practices in an increasingly expanding and cross-disciplinary field are coinciding with a wealth of new scientific knowledge in body-ownership and self-attribution. A growing understanding of the way a body constructs its sense of selfhood is intersecting with the historically persistent desire to make an onto-relational link between the body that ‘knows’ an experience and bodies that cannot know without occupying their unique point of view. The author argues that the desire to empathize with another’s ineffable bodily experiences is finding new expression in contexts of particular urgency. For example, patients wishing to communicate their complex physical experiences to their extended networks of support in healthcare, or communities placing policymakers ‘inside’ vulnerable, marginalized or disenfranchised virtual bodies in an attempt to prompt personal change. This book is intended for students, academics and practitioner-researchers studying or working in the related fields of immersive theatre/art-making, arts-science and VR in applied performance practices.

About the authors

Liam Jarvis is a researcher, theatre maker and Senior Lecturer at the University of Essex, UK. Since 2007, he has been co-director of Analogue, whose work has toured the UK and Europe. His research and teaching have focused on immersion, embodiment and contemporary participatory practices in (post)digital culture. He has published numerous book chapters and articles in journals such as Performance Research and the International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media. He is currently co-convener of the Intermediality in Theatre & Performance Working Group at the International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR) and a board member for Theatre-Rites.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • Introduction: Immersion as ‘Perceptual Embodiment’

    Pages 1-38

    Jarvis, Liam

  • Proto-Immersive Discourse and the ‘Theatrical Condition’

    Pages 41-72

    Jarvis, Liam

  • The Immersive Promise of Becoming [with] the Other Body

    Pages 73-98

    Jarvis, Liam

  • Body-Swapping: Self-Attribution and Body Transfer Illusions (BTIs)

    Pages 99-154

    Jarvis, Liam

  • ‘Empathy Activism’ and Bodying Difference in Postdigital Culture: Jane Gauntlett’s In My Shoes and BeAnotherLab’s The Machine to Be Another

    Pages 159-186

    Jarvis, Liam

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Immersive Embodiment
Book Subtitle
Theatres of Mislocalized Sensation
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Performance and Technology
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-27971-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-27971-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-27970-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-27973-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVII, 255
Number of Illustrations
30 b/w illustrations
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