Staging Space: Performing Plasticity and Plastic Performance

Klich, Rosemary E. (2007) Staging Space: Performing Plasticity and Plastic Performance. In: Annual Conference of the Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA), 5th-7th September 2007, Department of Drama and Theatre Arts, University of Birmingham. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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This conference paper responds to the question, “How does the application of new technologies, or new applications of established technologies, enable ‘plasticity’ in contemporary theatre?” Contemporary performance is undoubtedly embracing what William Gibson has defined as ‘the infinite plasticity of the digital’, however the concept of ‘plasticity’ itself, particularly in relation to theatre is used inconsistently and is without clarification. Plasticity is obviously a defining feature of digital media, media characterised by the qualities of modularity and variablity as outline by Lev Manovich. Gibsons’ famous phrase “the infinite plasticity of the digital” conveys the seemingly endless manipulability of digital data. This paper examines ideas of plasticity and plastic space and addresses how the mediatisation of the stage,and the intermedial mis en scene, stage plasticity. Discussion explores examples of work from Australian company Version 1.0, including their works A Certain Maritime Incident, The Wages of Spin, and From a Distance, which were all presented at the Performance Space in Sydney over the last three years.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: N Fine Arts
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theatre
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Rosemary Klich
Date Deposited: 16 Jun 2008 12:51
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2014 20:16
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