History of Mediatic Performance


The course explores the relationship between mediation and performance throughout the 20th century and up to today, by analysing the transformations, (re)mediation and innovations that occurred during that period. Attention is drawn to the relations between presence and mediation, between theatre and cinema. Objects like the music show, radio and tv theatre, photo-performance, videoperformance, digital performance or massive production of performing arts (such as dvd), are also studied. The seminar has the following objectives:
1. to approach media and performance from a historical perspective;
2. to recognize the variety of remediated forms throughout the 20th century;
3. to recognize emerging objects based on mediation and analyse its consequences;
4. to encourage students to develop their own autonomous and critically informed research.

General characterization





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Weekly - 3 letivas + 1 tutorial

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Teaching language





Auslander, Philip, 1999, Liveness. Performance in a mediatized culture. Londres e Nova Iorque, Routledge.
Bolter, David & Grusin, Richard, 2000, Remediation. Understanding new media. Cambridge (Mass) e Londres, The MIT Press.
Brewster, Ben & Jacobs, Lea, 1997, Theatre to cinema. Stage pictorialism and the early feature film. Oxford / Nova Iorque, Oxford U. P.
Chapple, Freda & Kattenbelt, Chiel (eds.), 2006, Intermediality in theatre and performance. Amesterdão e Nova Iorque, Rodopi.
Crary, Jonathan, 1999, Suspensions of perception. Attention, spectacle, and modern culture. Cambridge (Mass) e Londres, The MIT Press.
Dixon, Steve, 2007, Digital Performance. A History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance Art, and Installation. Cambridge (Mass)
Woycicki, Piotr, 2014,Post-Cinematic Theatre and Performance, UK-Palgrave Studies in Performance and Tecnhnologie.

Teaching method

In this seminar, students are expected to make a major investment in readings and in visioning documents in order to prepare for theoretical discussion in classes. In addition to theoretical classes, students are expected to lead debates, to do oral presentations, write critical essays and to actively participate in classes.
In class teaching

Evaluation method

In addition to the elements of continuous evaluation that are worth 30% of the final grade, by the end of the semester an essay will have to be written. This essay is mandatory (it represents 70% of the final grade) and will allow the diversification of perspectives and the enrichment of the seminar´s objectives.

Subject matter

1. Concepts: Performance, History and the media
2. \"Re-invention\": remediation, reperformance, reenactment, etc.
3. Theatrical Performance and intermedia : Brief History of the 20th/21st Century
4. Dance and its remediation . Ex . The Rite of Spring
5. Painting and its remediation . Ex . Manet´s Olympia
3. The relations between theatre and cinema: a historical survey
4. Radio Drama
5. Photo-performance
8. Debordian Situationism : criticism of the performance society
9. The Spectacle of War and its criticism. Ex . \" Histoire (s ) du cinema\" (Godart), Artaud, Susan Sontag, Pipo Delbono, Sarah Kane, Marina Abromovic, Portuguese cases.