Systems of Spectatorship: Blast Theory’s Aesthetic of Emergence

Klich, Rosemary E. (2012) Systems of Spectatorship: Blast Theory’s Aesthetic of Emergence. In: Depestel, David and Pewny, Katherina and Stalpaert, Christel and Coppens, Jeroen, eds. Unfolding Spectatorship: Re-Evaluating the Spectator’s Corporeal Engagement. Academia Press. ISBN Not yet available. (Submitted) (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Blast Theory productions, part game, part installation, part performance, enmesh the participant within an interactive performance system. They create complex environments in which spectators are co-authors, physically and creatively interacting with media, other players, and facilitators to develop and complete the work. This chapter will argue that Blast Theory disrupt the performer /spectator dialectic by creating a complex performance system that evolves into more than the sum of its components parts. Via theories of intermediation and complexity, the nature of audience interactivity will be illustrated as ‘emergent’, with the performance embracing an aesthetic of emergence. To support these complex systems, Blast Theory construct interactive environments that immerse the audience within the performance space whilst simultaneously encouraging reflection. The final section of this chapter will explore the audience’s experience of collective creation and contemplative immersion in these complex systems of spectatorship.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts > Drama and Theatre
Depositing User: Rosemary Klich
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2012 22:23
Last Modified: 29 May 2014 08:39
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/31600 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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