Sunday, 11 August 2013

Re: Mediating Theatre

It's so simple.

The first chapter is still Remediating, but focuses on where the concept emerges specifically in terms of interfaces. New Media is interface based, and more specific to participation and interaction in terms of users and producers.

The second chapter is still centered on the fourth-wall, but explains the New Media argument in theatrical terms, offering The Wall as an interface, but consults theatre as a participatory/interactive media with users (audience) and producers (makers). The possibility here is to highlight theatre as the media form current media in all of its forms aims to remediate.

The final chapter still offers case studies - the same ones (Gob Squad and Punchdrunk) - but becomes far more useful in terms of both proposed staging and actual effect. GS stage in the most contemporary way possible to both New Media and theatre, while PD almost remove New Media entirely, but offer the experience New Media crave, itself almost a direct throwback to pre-fourth-wall theatre.

And all of this combines into the single argument that in terms of B&G, theatre is absolutely hypermediate, both today and in antiquity.

It also creates a more engaging read, highlights the fact that my own reading is further abroad, and makes a springboard to launch my future research.

Re: Mediating.. Possibly Re: Mediatising?

Or maybe I'm looking at the next step early (Cyberformance, Digital Theatre).

Props to Jason for reading too much, Ed to actually asking me questions, Larissa for knowing everything but feeding me only as much as I can chew and Daniel for writing in the way I can only hope to.

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