Digital Performance: A History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance Art, and Installation by Steve Dixon (Paperback, 2015)
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- DescriptionThe past decade has seen an extraordinarily intense period of experimentation with computer techlogy within the performing arts. Digital media has been increasingly incorporated into live theater and dance, and new forms of interactive performance have emerged in participatory installations, on CD-ROM, and on the Web. In Digital Performance, Steve Dixon traces the evolution of these practices, presents detailed accounts of key practitioners and performances, and analyzes the theoretical, artistic, and techlogical contexts of this form of new media art. Dixon finds precursors to today's digital performances in past forms of theatrical techlogy that range from the deus ex machina of classical Greek drama to Wagner's Gesamtkunstwerk (concept of the total artwork), and draws parallels between contemporary work and the theories and practices of Constructivism, Dada, Surrealism, Expressionism, Futurism, and multimedia pioneers of the twentieth century. For a theoretical perspective on digital performance, Dixon draws on the work of Philip Auslander, Walter Benjamin, Roland Barthes, Jean Baudrillard, and others. To document and analyze contemporary digital performance practice, Dixon considers changes in the representation of the body, space, and time. He considers virtual bodies, avatars, and digital doubles, as well as performances by artists including Stelarc, Robert Lepage, Merce Cunningham, Laurie Anderson, Blast Theory, and Eduardo Kac. He investigates new media's vel approaches to creating theatrical spectacle, including virtual reality and robot performance work, telematic performances in which remote locations are linked in real time, Webcams, and online drama communities, and considers the extratemporal illusion created by some techlogical theater works. Finally, he defines categories of interactivity, from navigational to participatory and collaborative. Dixon challenges dominant theoretical approaches to digital performance -- including what he calls postmodernism's denial of the new -- and offers a series of boldly original arguments in their place.
- Author BiographySteve Dixon is President of LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.
- Author(s)Steve Dixon
- PublisherMIT Press Ltd
- Date of Publication03/02/2015
- SubjectMusic & Dance
- Series TitleLeonardo Book Series
- Place of PublicationCambridge, Mass.
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintMIT Press
- Content Note235 illus.
- Weight1089 g
- Width178 mm
- Height229 mm
- Spine28 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
- Interest AgeFrom 18
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