[rohrpost] Wtrlt: Entangled: Technology - Performance / MIT Press/
Oliver.Grau at donau-uni.ac.at
Don Apr 29 18:55:00 CEST 2010
>>> Chris Salter <chrissal at alcor.concordia.ca> 4/29/2010 6:25 PM >>>
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
I'm pleased to announce the release of Entangled: Technology and the
Transformation of Performance from the MIT Press.
Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance
Foreward by Peter Sellars
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.
"Entangled stays true to its name. It is one of those rare books that
builds networks and bridges - between the body and technology, the
material and the ephemeral, thinking and making."
—William Forsythe, Artistic Director, The Forsythe Company,
"Salter's Entangled is a rich source book that presents the
relationship between performance art and technology in a unique and
broad perspective. The manifold artworks described in this
overwhelming volume testify to the continuity of artistic exploration
throughout the twentieth century and show how contemporary, digitally
based practices are rooted in the lasting curiosity about what it
means to be human in an age of ever-evolving machine systems."
—Andreas Broeckmann, art theorist and curator, Berlin
"The routes we usually take to tell our stories about media,
architecture, embodiment, and movement are challenged here by all-
terrain travel: to warp, sing, pixilate, fly. Cross-medial engagement
in a wide variety of performance practices is carefully articulated,
skillfully performed, smartly theorized, and rigorously historicized,
helping us shake off the habitual media-versus-live, or human-versus-
machine divide to tangle our sensibilities in far more interesting
claims. This is an important book."
—Rebecca Schneider, Brown University
Chris Salter is an artist, Assistant Professor of Design and
Computation Arts at Concordia University, Montreal and researcher
with the Hexagram institute for Research-Creation in Media Arts. His
works, large-scale multimedia environments, have been exhibited
For more information:
Christopher L. Salter, Ph.D.
Asst. Professor of Computation Arts
Design + Computation Arts
Faculty of Fine Arts
Graduate Program Director,
Graduate Certificate Program in Digital Technologies in Design
Program Manager, IRHA 2009-2010
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