(Syn)aesthetics

Redefining Visceral Performance

by Josephine Machon

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  • 0230236952
  • 9780230221277
  • 9780230236950
(Syn)aesthetics offers an original theory that describes a range of performance work whilst simultaneously providing a critical discourse for appreciating and analyzing such work. In the book, Machon helps to articulate the power of experiential practice in the interdisciplinary arts, encompassing bodies, space, the written and spoken word and new technologies in performance.

This exciting approach incorporates interviews with leading practitioners in the field of theatre, dance, site-specific work, live art and technological performance practice including Punchdrunk, Shunt, Graeae, Bodies In Flight, Curious, Akram Khan, Naomi Wallace, Kwame-Kwei-Armah, Marisa Carnesky, Linda Bassett and Jo McInnes. These discussions clarify how (syn)aesthetics works in practice across diverse artistic events and document the tantalizing, performative quality present in the (syn)aesthetic exchange between thinking and practice.

(Syn)aesthetics engages a unique and sensual approach to thinking/producing/writing/receiving, which celebrates the continuum of experience that underpins (syn)aesthetic practice and appreciation. By acknowledging individual interpretation as a creative act and emphasizing the playful element of arts analysis (syn)aesthetics is an empowering tool for students and practitioners of performance, especially those wary of or inhibited by traditional academic discourse.

  • Palgrave Macmillan; April 2009
  • ISBN: 9780230236950
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  • Title: (Syn)aesthetics
  • Author: Josephine Machon
  • Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0230236952
  • 9780230221277
  • 9780230236950

About The Author

JOSEPHINE MACHON is a writer and practitioner in the creative arts and a Lecturer in Drama at Brunel University, West London. Josephine has co-edited Performance and Technology: Practices of Virtual Embodiment and Interactivity (2006) with Susan Broadhurst and is currently working on a new edited collection entitled, Sensualities/Textualities and Technologies: Writings of the Body in 21st Century Performance. Josephine has been the Sub-Editor of Body, Space& Technology since its inception in July 2001. As a practitioner, Josephine's past and present collaborations explore the fusion of embodied practice and the written text within playful performance encounters.

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0230236952
  • 9780230221277
  • 9780230236950