Reading Group Media & Performance
Organized by Kati Röttger, k.e.röttger@uva.nl
The notion of performance is not strictly limited to theatre. Performance is happening in diverse (new) media, the same as it can be questioned to which extend and how media perform. On the other hand, it has to be taken into account not only the mediality of theatre performance, but also the play of intermediality that it sets out. The group aims to share extensive lectures of theoretical texts that touch upon key concepts and methodologies in the field of Performance-and Media Research. It includes questions and concepts of aesthetics and politics that go along with medial and performative phenomena, taking additionally into account their historicity. The group meets once a month. For every meeting one of the participants proposes and prepares one special text he or she struggles with during his/her research and wishes to discuss within the group. Special topic for the academic year 2017/18 is the relationship between spectacle and politics, departing from the recently published book The Spell of Capital. Reification and Spectacle. Ed. by Samir Gandesha and Johan F. Hartle, Amsterdam University Press 2017.