Entangled

Entangled

Technology and the Transformation of Performance

Chris Salter

ISBN 9780262315104
500 pp.
March 2010

Content Publisher
The MIT Press

Entangled

Technology and the Transformation of Performance

This ambitious and comprehensive book explores technology’s influence on artistic performance practices in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In Entangled, Chris Salter shows that technologies, from the mechanical to the computational—from a “ballet of objects and lights” staged by Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in 1917 to contemporary technologically-enabled “responsive environments”—have been entangled with performance across a wide range of disciplines. Salter examines the rich and extensive history of performance experimentation in theater, music, dance, the visual and media arts, architecture, and other fields; explores the political, social, and economic context for the adoption of technological practices in art; and shows that these practices have a set of common histories despite their disciplinary borders.

Each chapter in Entangled focuses on a different form: theater scenography, architecture, video and image making, music and sound composition, body-based arts, mechanical and robotic art, and interactive environments constructed for research, festivals, and participatory urban spaces. Salter’s exhaustive survey and analysis shows that performance traditions have much to teach other emerging practices—in particular in the burgeoning fields of new media. Students of digital art need to master not only electronics and code but also dramaturgy, lighting, sound, and scenography. Entangled will serve as an invaluable reference for students, researchers, and artists as well as a handbook for future praxis.

Contents

  1. Foreword

    Peter Sellars

  2. Preface: A Reader’s Manual for Entangled
  3. Acknowledgments
  4. Introduction
  5. 1. Space 1: Scene/Machine (1876–1933)
  6. 2. Space 2: Media Scenographies (1950–)
  7. 3. Performative Architectures
  8. 4. The Projected Image: Video, Film, and the Performative Screen
  9. 5. Sound
  10. 6. Bodies
  11. 7. Machines/Mechanicals
  12. 8. Interaction
  13. Conclusion: The Everyday
  14. Notes
  15. Glossary

    Compiled by Harry Smoak

  16. References
  17. Name Index
  18. Subject Index