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Reconsidering Liveness in the Age of Digital Implication

Nedelkopoulou, Eirini (2016) Reconsidering Liveness in the Age of Digital Implication. In: Reason, Matthew and Lindelof, Anja, (eds.) Experiencing liveness in contemporary performance: interdisciplinary perspectives. Routledge, pp. 215-228

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Abstract

The increasing use of ubiquitous and network technologies in art and performance entails the renegotiation of liveness on the basis of different inter-agential perspectives. Focusing mainly on United Visual Artist’s (UVA) work Rien à Cacher, Rien à Craindre (2011), this chapter discusses artists’ framing of participatory encounters with technology, which are neither prosthetic, representational or utilitarian. Departing from the oppositional binaries and hierarchical tensions that defined the relationship between the physical and the digital over the past decades, this chapter rethinks liveness in art practices that attempt to displace the centrality of human agency. The chapter diverts from Philip Auslander’s view that digital liveness is ‘an interaction produced through our engagement with the object and our willingness to accept its claim’ (2012, 10) and proposes a shift of perspective that aligns with our emerging new network reality. In this context liveness is regarded as an encounter, a gathering, where human and non-human participants are implicated and become part of ‘a larger operation’ (Hansen 2015a). Reflecting on Mark Hansen’s (2015a, 2015b) ‘phenomenology of implication,’ I ponder on the reconfiguration of embodied performativity in response to ubiquitous and networked environments.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: "This is an Accepted Manuscript of a book chapter published by Routledge in Experiencing liveness in contemporary performance on 31/10/2016 available online: http://www.routledge.com/ https://www.routledge.com/Experiencing-Liveness-in-Contemporary-Performance-Interdisciplinary-Perspectives/Reason-Lindelof/p/book/9781138961593”
Status: Published
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BH Aesthetics
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
T Technology > T Technology (General)
School/Department: School of Performance & Media Production
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/1504

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