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Hotel Pro Forma's The Algebra of Place; destabilising the original and the copy in intermedial contemporary performance

Fenton, David R. (2007) Hotel Pro Forma's The Algebra of Place; destabilising the original and the copy in intermedial contemporary performance. International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 3(2), pp. 169-181.

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Abstract

This paper examines two questions that emerged from a viewing of Hotel Pro Forma's contemporary peiformance The Algebra of Place. It questions how and why the viewer's perception altered when observing the convergence oflive and mediatised peiformance, with particular reference to an altered perception oforiginal and copy. It also questions the perception ofspace, time and the performer's identity in the performance. In an endeavour to address these questions two examples from The Algebra of Place are examined. Theoretically the paper applies intermediality as a conceptual framework to assist in the examination of these concerns, Then the paper reviews in more detail theories ofspace and time in contemporary peiformance, and theories of peiformative identity, The result of this theoretical exploration, in conjunction with the examples from The Algebra of Place, is a provisional concept -digital mimesis. By articulating a contemporary repositioning of mimesis beyond imitation, mimesis is proposed in an attempt to articulate the complex power relations between the original and the copy in live and mediatised performance. As such, the paper ventures to provide a lens for theorists and practitioners who examine and create intermedial contemporary peiformance that destabilises the original.

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ID Code: 12504
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the journal’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: contemporary, performance Hotel Pro Forma intermediality mediatised mimesis The Algehra of Place
DOI: 10.1386/padm.3.2-3.169_1
ISSN: 1479-4713
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > PERFORMING ARTS AND CREATIVE WRITING (190400) > Drama Theatre and Performance Studies (190404)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 David Fenton
Deposited On: 19 Feb 2008
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2010 02:56

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