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Rehearsing Disaster Pre-Enactment Between Reality and Fiction

Cavallo, Francesca Laura (2019) Rehearsing Disaster Pre-Enactment Between Reality and Fiction. In: Czirak, Adam and Nikoleit, Sophie and Oberkrome, Friederike and Straub, Verena and Walter-Jochum, Robert and Wetzels, Michael, eds. Performance zwischen den Zeiten: Reenactments und Preenactments in Kunst und Wissenschaft. Transcript Theater . transcript Verlag, Germany, 179 -198. ISBN 978-3-8376-4602-3. E-ISBN 978-3-8394-4602-7. (doi:10.14361/9783839446027-012) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:84679)

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Rehearsing Disasters proposes a hypothesis of pre-enactment as a performative practice to both exercise and exorcise risk. Through discussing various examples of rehearsals and drills in disaster preparedness and contemporary art, it defines pre-enactment as a simulation strategy that operates through predictive memorialisation. Staged according to perceived dangers, pre-enactments provoke experiences and create ‘memories’ of future events to guide and predict behaviour: they operate at the border between fiction and reality to develop the human ability to respond to threats. If not always effective in practical terms, pre-enactments attempt to act as emotional vaccines in an increasingly risk-aware society: injecting small amounts of fear to generate immunity antibodies.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.14361/9783839446027-012
Uncontrolled keywords: Pre-enactment, Risk, Contemporary Art, Preparedness, Rosa Barba, Drill, Simulation, Performance, Film, Disaster, Terrorism, Resilience, Predictive Memorialisation
Subjects: N Visual Arts
N Visual Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: Francesca Cavallo
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2020 15:40 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:16 UTC
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Cavallo, Francesca Laura.

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