Theatre as an art of emergence and individuation

Norman, Sally Jane (2012) Theatre as an art of emergence and individuation. Architectural Theory Review, 17 (1). pp. 117-133. ISSN 1326-4826

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Theatre can be broadly construed as a cultural system for collectively modelling and experiencing life, and thus as manifesting the dynamics inherent to all evolving cultural
systems. Such is the definition underpinning the current paper, written from a theatre scholar’s perspective, and employing as a backdrop Gilbert Simondon’s proposal that
individuation constitutes a kind of theatre. Notions of ‘‘existential pluralism’’ (Etienne Souriau) and ‘‘agential intra-actions’’ (Karen Barad) are used in attempts to identify theatre as a catalyst for the renewal of cultural experience vital for sustaining projective powers of the collective imagination. Theatre architectures ranging from the physically sited to the digitally networked involve unique socio-technical craftsmanship and hodological or wayfaring skills, to allow the emergence of interhuman relations Simondon describes as ‘‘transindividual’’.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Media and Film
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
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Depositing User: Sally-Jane Norman
Date Deposited: 09 Jul 2012 13:54
Last Modified: 07 Mar 2017 11:00

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