Electronic Media and Live Performance
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Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: School of Media Studies
Department: Media Studies
Course Number: NMDS 5121
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
This course will explore the dialectic between electronic media and live performance -- from sports and rock concerts to theatre and contemporary dance, the legal arena, and everyday life. This course will review the history and the development of the use of media technology in live events. What is the cultural position of live performance in a media saturated communications climate? How has media culture influenced our expectations of the live? Must the live always precede the mediatized? The course will also examine what this integration has meant aesthetically, and how artists have used media in performance to question the relationship, the possibilities, and the failures of communication technologies and systems. Several opposing and distinct theoretical perspectives will be addressed, including those that view media and live performance as rivals or as having opposing tendencies, as forms that have exhibited parallel developments, and as inevitable partners. The goal of the course is to develop a comprehensive vocabulary for the critical analysis of this post-modern phenomenon.
Open to Graduate students.