Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture addresses what may be the single most important question facing all kinds of performance today. What is the . On live performance, Auslander is trying to challenge the ideas of the traditional value of liveness. Performers in theatre cling to “the magic of. PDF | On Mar 1, , Dean Wilcox and others published Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture. By Philip Auslander. London & New York: Routledge.

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Looking at specific instances of live performance such as theatre, rock music, sport, and courtroom testimony, Liveness offers penetrating insights into media culture, suggesting that media technology has encroached on live events to the point where many are hardly live at all.

Hi Philip, thanks for reading! Account Options Sign in. Similar properties can be said of digital media, but in that case it uses the hypermediate in addition to the immediate, and the illusion of the sanitized vanished much more quickly.


Live performance is now heavily influenced and tends to emulate the rhetoric and practices of mediatization, with screens becoming prominent in many situations and venues.

RSS feed for comments on this post. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Television is intimate in the sense of bringing the external to the home, without needing to travel to it. Critical Concepts, a reference collection in four volumes published by Routledge in and, with Carrie Sandahl, co-editor of Bodies in Commotion: We need to remain alert to what happens to the body when it is mediatised.

It can look on events exactly when and as they happen. At the same time, however, the second edition of Liveness reads as a very different book, especially in terms of tone, scope, and ayslander generosity.


Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music. Auslander writes art criticism for ArtForum and other publications. You must be logged in to post a aslander. Ronald McDonald performing in restaurants p.

Performances that derive from templates instead reference an ideal template, and attempt to borrow its aura or authority. The live elements will auslxnder perceived through that frame–they will be seen in terms of the video or digital media, not the other way around.

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Yet the most intellectually captivating revisions arrive in the later chapters. This is partly a perceptual matter: Television has become its own culture. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. What is the status of live performance in a culture dominated by mass media? Contents Live performance in a mediatized culture. Selected pages Title Page.

Live performances are just as susceptible to incorporating media elements as others. Performances occur in numerous locations, and are all live and separate, but are designed to evoke one single character, which is the template that generates each performance.

Different media therefore do not interact with one another as equals Nevertheless, there is an ethical imperative not to conflate the body with its representations and mediations, but to remember that there is an actual body there somewhere, experiencing the consequences of what is being done to it.

It is a point well taken. Ultimately, Auslander emphasizes that there are no ontological differences between live performance and media.


The Burning Man festival is a case in point–an event featuring performance that is itself a performance, which partakes simultaneously of frontier mythology, a counter-cultural impulse, and popular cultural visibility.

It’s impossible to say that live art enjoys any single status in the information age–there are versions of live art that are still primarily art-world phenomena, others that appeal to much broader audiences. Theatre and media are rivals, and, much like industrial production, media specifically television has filled and saturated the cultural economy.


No occurrence of mass or scripted art can be considered authentic because of its reproducibility. Comment by ashmore — September 1, 2: Its specific ability ausladner position itself as theatre’s replacement originates in the claims of immediacy made on behalf of television throughout its development, and in its claim to replicate theatrical discourse. Initially, media events were modeled on live ones.

Auslander opens by comparing theatre and media, referencing Herbert Blau and Karl Marx. His most recent book is Livenses Glam Rock: These ideas attempt to place a binary opposition between live performance and the media.

Forged from a partnership between a university press aauslander a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. The dilemma of Brechtian performance is that, for all of Brecht’s emphasis on rationality and the undermining of theatrical illusion, the actor must convincingly portray something that she is not.

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What is true of the relationship between television and theatre is equally true, by allegorical extension, of the general cultural relationship of the televisual and mediatized to the live: Other editions – View all Liveness: Contact Contact Us Help.

I would be the last person to argue that the body signifies at some basic level livenwss precedes or transcends its cultural inscriptions. What is the status of live performance in a culture dominated by mass media?