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Avant-Gardes in Performance

Media Archaeology and Intermedial Performance

Deep Time of the Theatre

Editors: Wynants, Nele (Ed.)

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  • Highlights the obvious but often overlooked relation between media developments and the history of intermedial theater
  • Provides a new perspective on both historical and contemporary practices
  • Challenges traditional artistic categories and disciplinary boundaries
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This book develops media archaeological approaches to theatre and intermediality. As an age-old art form, theatre has always embraced ‘new’ media. To create theatrical effects and optical illusions, theatre makers were ready to integrate state-of-the-art technics and technologies, and by doing so they playfully explored and popularized scientific knowledge on mechanics, optics and sound for live audiences. This book highlights this obvious but often overlooked relation between media developments and the history of intermedial theater. By considering the interplay between present intermedial performances and their archaeological traces, the authors assembled here revisit old and often forgotten media approaches and theatre technologies. This archaeology is understood less as the discovery of a forgotten past than as the establishment of an active relationship between past and present. Rather than treating archaeological remains as representative tokens of a fragmented past that need to be preserved, the authors stress the return of the past in the present, but in a different, performative guise.

About the authors

Nele Wynants is a postdoctoral researcher in the fields of art and theatre at the Free University of Brussels-ULB and the University of Antwerp, Belgium. Her work on the interplay of performance, media history and science have appeared in many journals and books. She is editor-in-chief of FORUM+ for Research and Arts.

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“An exciting collection of essays, this book excavates theatre and theatre’s technologies in tandem with media and media’s theatricalities. Insights from media archaeology are applied to performances past and present even as theatre is recognized as an ongoing, irruptive, and resurgent prehistory for so-called “new” media. This book will be important for scholars across the arts, opening the concept of “deep time” to the study of performance and the history of theatre to media study.” (Rebecca Schneider, Professor of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, Brown University, USA)

“This is a very well-edited and well-developed collection of articles centered on an exciting, new approach to theatre and performance scholarship. It unearths previously “invisible” examples of intermediality and provides “dramaturgies of difference” that offer a counterpoint to common tropes and anecdotes that have become all too common in media and film studies.” (Kevin Brown, Associate Professor of Digital Media and Performance Studies, University of Missouri, USA)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)
  • Media-Archaeological Approaches to Theatre and Performance: An Introduction

    Pages 1-19

    Wynants, Nele

  • Mechanisms in the Mist: A Media Archaeological Excavation of the Mechanical Theater

    Pages 23-82

    Huhtamo, Erkki

  • “Rendre réel aux yeux du public”: Stage Craft, Film Tricks, and the Féerie

    Pages 83-98

    Kessler, Frank (et al.)

  • Vanishing Technology: Transparency of Media in Stage Magic

    Pages 99-114

    Rein, Katharina

  • Deep Space or the Re-invention of Scenography: Jozef Wouters on Infini 1-15

    Pages 115-126

    Vanhaesebrouck, Karel (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Media Archaeology and Intermedial Performance
Book Subtitle
Deep Time of the Theatre
Editors
  • Nele Wynants
Series Title
Avant-Gardes in Performance
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-99576-2
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-99576-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-99575-5
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 290
Number of Illustrations
32 b/w illustrations
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