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- DescriptionThe essays in this volume explore the borderland between ecology and the arts. Nature is here read by a number of contributors as cultural, by others as an independent domain, or even as a powerful process of exchange between the human and the other-than-human . The four parts of the volume reflect these different understandings of nature and performance. Informed by psychoanalysis and cultural materialism, contributors to the first part, Spectacle: Landscape and Subjectivity, look at ways in which particular social and scientific experiments, theatre and film productions and photography either reinforce or contest our ideas about nature and human-human or human-animal relations and identities. The second part, World: Hermeneutic Language and Social Ecology, investigates political protest, social practice art, acoustic ecology, dance theatre, family therapy and ritual in terms of social philosophy. Contributors to the third part, Environment: Immersiveness and Interactivity, explore architecture and sculpture, site-specific and mediatised dance and paratheatre through radical theories of urban and virtual space and time, or else phemelogical philosophy. The final part, Void: Death, Life and the Sublime, indicates the possibilities in dance, architecture and animal behaviour of a shift to an existential ontology in which nature has the capacity to perform itself .
- Author BiographyThe Editors: Gabriella Giannachi is Senior Lecturer in Drama at the University of Exeter, UK. Her specialist areas include performance, new media theatre and bio-art. She is co-editor, with Mary Luckhurst, of On Directing (1999), co-author, with Nick Kaye, of Staging the Post-Avant-Garde (2002), and author of Virtual Theatres (2004) and Politics New Media Theatre: Life (2006). She is Co-Director of the Centre for Intermedia at Exeter University. Nigel Stewart is Lecturer in Theatre Studies at Lancaster University, UK. He is a dance artist and scholar with interests in movement analysis, notation, and environmental, hermeneutic and phenomenological aesthetics. He has worked extensively both nationally and internationally as a choreographer, dancer and director, and has published articles in several major journals and books.
- PublisherPeter Lang AG
- Date of Publication01/01/2006
- SubjectThe Arts: General & Reference
- Country of PublicationSwitzerland
- ImprintPeter Lang AG
- Content Noteillustrations
- Weight600 g
- Width150 mm
- Height220 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Edited byGabriella Giannachi,Mr. Nigel Stewart
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