Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance

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MIT Press, 2010 - Art - 460 pages
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This ambitious and comprehensive book explores technology's influence on artistic performance practices in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In Entangled, Chris Salter shows that technologies, from the mechanical to the computational--from a "ballet of objects and lights" staged by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1917 to contemporary technologically-enabled "responsive environments"--have been entangled with performance across a wide range of disciplines. Salter examines the rich and extensive history of performance experimentation in theater, music, dance, the visual and media arts, architecture, and other fields; explores the political, social, and economic context for the adoption of technological practices in art; and shows that these practices have a set of common histories despite their disciplinary borders.

Each chapter in Entangled focuses on a different form: theater scenography, architecture, video and image making, music and sound composition, body-based arts, mechanical and robotic art, and interactive environments constructed for research, festivals, and participatory urban spaces. Salter's exhaustive survey and analysis shows that performance traditions have much to teach other emerging practices--in particular in the burgeoning fields of new media. Students of digital art need to master not only electronics and code but also dramaturgy, lighting, sound, and scenography. Entangled will serve as an invaluable reference for students, researchers, and artists as well as a handbook for future praxis.

 

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Contents

SceneMachine 18761933
1
Media Scenographies 1950
49
3 Performative Architectures
81
Video Film and the Performative Screen
113
5 Sound
181
6 Bodies
221
7 MachinesMechanicals
277
8 Interaction
303
The Everyday
349
Notes
353
Glossary
383
References
393
Name Index
425
Subject Index
439
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About the author (2010)

Chris Salter is an artist and Assistant Professor of Design and Computation Arts at Concordia University, Montreal. His works, large-scale multimedia environments, have been exhibited worldwide.

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