Digital Performance: A History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance Art, and Installation / Edition 1

Digital Performance: A History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance Art, and Installation / Edition 1

by Steve Dixon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0262042355

ISBN-13: 9780262042352

Pub. Date: 04/01/2007

Publisher: MIT Press

The historical roots, key practitioners, and artistic, theoretical, and technological trends in the incorporation of new media into the performing arts.

"Like the performance art of which it represents such a brilliant history, *DigitalPerformance* is itself literally that — not only a superb history of new media but a field-defining performance of the trace

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The historical roots, key practitioners, and artistic, theoretical, and technological trends in the incorporation of new media into the performing arts.

"Like the performance art of which it represents such a brilliant history, *DigitalPerformance* is itself literally that — not only a superb history of new media but a field-defining performance of the trace of the digital in theater, dance, and installation. To read this book is to enter deeply into the creative artistic imagination which codes so much of contemporary digital experience."—Arthur Kroker, Canada Research Chair in Theory, Technology, and Culture, University ofVictoria, Canada

"There is a fine irony in the very 'bookness' of this vast and startling work. As*book*, what Steve Dixon has set out to produce here is stunning, monstrous in its dimensions —virtually impossible. If you have any interest at all in recent histories of performance, this is precisely why you need to get hold of it."—Susan Melrose, Professor in Performance Arts, MiddlesexUniversity, UK

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780262042352
Publisher:
MIT Press
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Series:
Leonardo Book Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
832
Sales rank:
1,299,030
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents


Series Foreword     vii
Preface     ix
Acknowledgments     xiii
Introduction     1
Histories     35
The Genealogy of Digital Performance     37
Futurism and the Early-Twentieth-Century Avant-Garde     47
Multimedia Theater, 1911-1959     73
Performance and Technology Since 1960     87
Theories and Contexts     113
Liveness     115
Postmodernism and Posthumanism     135
The Digital Revolution     157
Digital Dancing and Software Developments     183
The Body     209
Virtual Bodies     211
The Digital Double     241
Robots     271
Cyborgs     303
Space     333
Digital Theater and Scenic Spectacle     335
Virtual Reality: The Search for Immersion     363
Liquid Architectures and Site-Specific Fractures in Reality     395
Telematics: Conjoining Remote Performance Spaces     419
Webcams: The Subversion of Surveillance     437
Online Performance: "Live" from Cyberspace     457
"Theater" in Cyberspace     483
Time     513
Time     515
Memory     539
Interactivity     557
"Performing" Interactivity     559
Videogames     599
CD-ROMs     623
Conclusion     643
Notes     671
Bibliography     737
Index     777

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