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Performing Online



School of Theatre, Performance and Cultural Policy Studies

TH216 - Aspects of Theatre and Performance: Performing Online

Tutor: Dr Tim White (t dot white at warwick dot ac dot uk)

Spring Term 2012

Seminars: Tuesday 1330-1530

Room: G56/Edit Suite

50% = 1 x 3000 word essay (essay questions to be released in week 5)
50% = 1 x 1.5 hour exam in the summer term

Module Description: 
The module seeks to promote an understanding of the performative nature of online encounters and the possibilities inherent in hybrid forms that combine virtual and real worlds. A growing number of practitioners, such as Blast Theory, Laurie Anderson, Guillermo Gomez-Pena, Char Davies, Eduardo Kac and Stelarc explore the potential of networks to engage with audiences in new ways, challenging the binary oppositions of work and documentation, producer and consumer, here and there, and the module considers the implications of such shifts. In addition to considering the work of pioneering artists the module also addresses the changing status of participants and creators in a networked society.

Students will achieve the learning outcomes through readings in both primary and secondary sources and seminars of the following examples of:

• Key works in new media by theatre and performance practitioners

• Understanding of the changing status of participants and creators

• Role-playing online in social, sandbox and scripted worlds

• The status of the work of art in the digital age