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Unfolding Spectatorship
Shifting Political, Ethical and Intermedial Positions
Christel Stalpaert, ed.; Katharina Pewny, ed.; Jeroen Coppens, ed.; Pieter Vermeulen, ed.

2018 • 192 pp. 29 6 1/8 x 9 1/4"
Theater & Performing Arts

$37.00 Paperback, 978-90-382-2598-2

What does it mean to be a spectator?

There is no performance without the spectator. This holds true not only for traditional drama, but also for contemporary interactive—and even virtual—forms of theatre. Concepts of spectatorship are now continually being redefined, as spectatorial practices have until recently been neglected in academic discourses. The spectator is no longer a passive and immobile subject.

Promoting an ever-shifting notion of spectatorship, this collection of essays explores the field of contemporary performing arts by revealing the interplay between audience and community, gaze and passivity, image and living reality, self-ownership and alienation. Incorporating recent developments in philosophy, theatre studies and performance studies, the authors offer insight into the practices of a wide array of Flemish and international theatre and performance artists, such as Blast Theory, Ariane Loze, Margareth Obexer, Sarah Vanagt, Charlotte Vanden Eynde, and Kurt Vandendriessche.

CHRISTEL STALPAERT is professor in Theatre Studies and director of the research centers S:PAM (Studies in Performing Arts & Media) and PEPPER (Philosophy, Ethology, Politics, and Performance) at Ghent University. KATHARINA PEWNY is Director of the research center S:PAM and Secretary of the exam commission for Art History, Musicology and Theatre Studies at Ghent University. JEROEN COPPENS is currently a Post-Doctoral Assistant at the Department of Art History, Musicology and Theatre Studies at Ghent University and teaches the master course Dramaturgy. PIETER VERMEULEN is currently course director & lecturer at the Master of Research in Art & Design at St Lucas University College in Antwerp, research assistant at Ghent University (S:PAM) and freelance curator and art critic.

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:45:45 -0500