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Actors and the Art of Performance

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Book Series: Performance Philosophy ISBN: 9781137596338 9781137596345 Year: Pages: 131 Seiten DOI: 10.1057/9781137596345 Language: English
Publisher: Springer Nature Grant: Austrian Science Fund - PUB 357
Subject: Social Sciences
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Acting on stage is a mode of performing an action, in the context of which the bodily aspects implicitly at work in acting reveal their own significance and power. This event can actualize a wound incarnated in human beings, because the actor acts and does not act at the same time and hence the concept of being ‘the doer’ unmasks itself as being illusionary. One could call it a kind of ‘symbolic death’ (Mueller), an ‘anthropological mutation’ (Agamben)––an event of great interest because of its highly ethical call.The book “Actors and the Art of Performance. Under Exposure” opens with a cascade of contradictory motives for becoming an actor. But, if theatre is no longer understood as a theatre of representation, then what takes place on stage is a transformation at play with truth, in which ethics are realized by the aesthetic. Insofar the book summarizes the attempt to explore and map guidelines of acting as being under the perspective of be-coming. That may sound fairly harmless in theory, but it feels anything but harmless when you experience it on your own body. For example, for being physical under exposure actors have to learn that there exists no fundamental dualism between mind and matter. Furthermore, actors are espoused to a dynamic shifting ground in the name of creativity. They have to carry the burden that the self is no sovereign identity as we generally suppose, but rather a threshold of permanent be-coming. One could call it the outstanding gift of acting. In the German language, gift means “poison”, in German ears the word has the double meaning of poison and present, thus expressing the fact that a gift is disturbing and blessing at the same time. Loaded with fear and joy as the crucial point of acting, which attacks and attracts actors and spectators most.

Paroles en images

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ISBN: 9782821855762 Year:
Publisher: OpenEdition Press
Subject: Languages and Literatures
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Pour interpréter les faits de culture, l’anthropologie a longtemps adopté un modèle linguistique et symbolique. L’approche proposée ici se démarque de cette approche traditionnelle, et propose d’étudier plutôt les différentes manières dont l’image et la parole s’entremêlent dans la production des corps, des signes et des mémoires au sein d’une société. Cet ouvrage présente les résultats des recherches d’un groupe de chercheurs français et brésiliens, qui a déjà donné lieu à la publication d’...

Traumdramaturgie und Selbstreflexion: Bildstrategien romantischer Traumdarstellungen im Spannungsfeld zeitgenössischer Traumtheorie und Ästhetik

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ISBN: 9783946198000 9783946198031 9783946198017 9783946198024 Year: Pages: 326 DOI: 10.16994/bab Language: German
Publisher: Modern Academic Publishing
Subject: Philosophy --- Social Sciences --- History of arts --- Arts in general
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The dissertation analyses dream images in romanticist art, with regards to inherent dreamanalogue strategies in consideration of contemporary dream theory and aesthetics, with a focus on the period between 1820 and 1840. The study does not provide a typological, iconographical or motif-historical collection of samples, but analyses different aspects of selected artworks which represent a wide range in terms of their contextual, formal and topographical heterogeneity, and overcomes the existing stereotypical classification in the context of romanticist art reflection. The study identifies that, beyond the contextual-iconographical dimension, the dream serves as an aesthetical category because it is reflected not only as a motif but also in relation to its dramaturgy. In the romantic awareness of the difficulty of an adequate representation of invisible images, the nonlinear, associative, ciphered, space- and time-simultaneous structure of the dream is adapted as a method, and is staged by varied and differentiated configurations. This is mirrored by comprehensive or formal concepts (genre, technique, media and interdisciplinary), as well as in fragmentary structures (sketches and drawings), in materiality (transparency and colour) or arabesque and combinatory production principles. The study contains three chapters: after a general introduction to the subject, the analysis of the current state of research and the demonstration of the methodology in the first chapter, the second chapter focuses on contemporary dream discourses (especially the theories of Gotthilf Heinrich Schubert and Carl Gustav Carus) and the constitutive role of the philosophy of Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling. By also involving the literary concepts of dreams the romantic awareness of the deficiency of the visible image compared to the invisible, which forces an avoidance of a mimetic art perception, becomes obvious. The third chapter forms the main body of the study. On the basis of selected dream images it analyses the different artistic strategies and conditions of reception. The first section of the third chapter focuses on artist dream imagery, namely the Musician’s Dream by Caspar David Friedrich, Raphael’s Dream by Franz and Johannes Riepenhausen and the Dream of Erwin von Steinbach by Moritz von Schwind. The analysis indicates that the dreaming artist serves as mise-en-abyme of the dream-analogue productive and reflexive process, and the artwork itself. The second section of chapter three makes landscape spaces accessible as imaginative concepts and projections of emotional states, according to current literature studies. Landscape spaces serve as patterns for reflection processes, which is explored on the basis of The Dreamer by Caspar David Friedrich. The third section of the third chapter focuses on a combinatory and arabesque concept as a dream-analogue and self-reflexive strategy – the collage-like compilation, association and transformation of heterogeneous elements which are analysed on the basis of the artworks Dream of Adam by Moritz von Schwind and The Evening by Clemens Brentano.

Acadèmia i art: dinàmiques, transferències i significació a l'època moderna i contemporània

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Book Series: Col·lecció Singularitats ISBN: 9788447540037 Year: Pages: 250 Language: Catalan
Publisher: Publicacions i Edicions de la Universitat de Barcelona
Subject: Arts in general --- History of arts
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Les acadèmies de belles arts han estat unes de les institucions més importants en l’esfera cultural dels darrers segles a Occident, com a centres formadors i també com a organismes reguladors de la pràctica artística. Les contribucions aplegades en aquest volum busquen incidir en aspectes com l’evolució dels paradigmes estètics impulsats des de cada entitat, les relacions nacionals i internacionals amb altres institucions, la formació impartida o el funcionament dels centres i els seus protagonistes. Amb l’estímul d’unes jornades organitzades pel grup de recerca GRACMON en col·laboració amb la Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi, Acadèmia i art proposa noves interpretacions i vies de lectura entorn de les acadèmies fomentant el debat sobre el paper que tenen en el present i que hauran de tenir en el futur.

Actors and the Art of Performance

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Book Series: Performance Philosophy ISBN: 9781137596345 Year: Pages: 120 DOI: 10.1057/9781137596345 Language: English
Publisher: Springer Nature
Subject: Performing Arts --- Media and communication --- Arts in general --- Philosophy
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Actors and the Art of Performance: Under Exposure combines the author's two main biographical paths: her professional commitment to the fields of both theatre and philosophy. The art of acting on stage is analysed here not only from the theoretical perspective of a spectator, but also from the perspective of the actor. The author draws on her experience as both a theatre actor and a university professor whose teachings in the art of acting rely heavily on her own experience and also on her philosophical knowledge. The book is unique not only in terms of its content but also in terms of its style. Written in a multiplicity of voices, the text oscillates between philosophical reasoning and narrative forms of writing, including micro-narratives, fables, parables, and inter alia by Carroll, Hoffmann and Kleist. Hence the book claims that a trans-disciplinary dialogue between the art of acting and the art of philosophical thinking calls for an aesthetical research that questions and begins to seek alternatives to traditionally established and ingrained formats of philosophy. ;

Realizing the Witch

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ISBN: 9780823274871 Year: Pages: 284 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_605860 Language: English
Publisher: Fordham University Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched
Subject: History
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Benjamin Christensen’s Häxan (The Witch, 1922) stands as a singular film within the history of cinema. Deftly weaving contemporary scientific analysis and powerfully staged historical scenes of satanic initiation, confession under torture, possession, and persecution, Häxan creatively blends spectacle and argument to provoke a humanist re-evaluation of witchcraft in European history as well as the contemporary treatment of female “hysterics” and the mentally ill. In Realizing the Witch, Baxstrom and Meyers show how Häxan opens a window onto wider debates in the 1920s regarding the relationship of film to scientific evidence, the evolving study of religion from historical and anthropological perspectives, and the complex relations between popular culture, artistic expression, and concepts in medicine and psychology. Häxan is a film that travels along the winding path of art and science rather than between the narrow division of “documentary” and “fiction.” Baxstrom and Meyers reveal how Christensen’s attempt to tame the irrationality of “the witch” risked validating the very “nonsense” that such an effort sought to master and dispel. Häxan is a notorious, genre-bending, excessive cinematic account of the witch in early modern Europe. Realizing the Witch not only illustrates the underrated importance of the film within the canons of classic cinema, it lays bare the relation of the invisible to that which we cannot prove but nevertheless “know” to be there. This title was made Open Access by libraries from around the world through Knowledge Unlatched.

Roman Charity

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Book Series: Image ISBN: 9783839432846 Year: Pages: 430 DOI: 10.14361/9783839432846 Language: English
Publisher: transcript Verlag Grant: Schweizerischer Nationalfonds zur Förderung der Wissenschaftlichen Forschung
Subject: Arts in general
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»Roman Charity« investigates the iconography of the breastfeeding daughter from the perspective of queer sexuality and erotic maternity. The volume explores the popularity of a topic that appealed to early modern observers for its eroticizing shock value, its ironic take on the concept of Catholic »charity«, and its implied critique of patriarchal power structures. It analyses why early modern viewers found an incestuous, adult breastfeeding scene »good to think with« and aims at expanding and queering our notions of early modern sexuality. Jutta Gisela Sperling discusses the different visual contexts in which »Roman Charity« flourished and reconstructs contemporary horizons of expectation by reference to literary sources, medical practice, and legal culture.

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