Entangled: Technology. Performance

> Dear Friends and Colleagues,
> I'm pleased to announce the release of Entangled: Technology and the
> Transformation of Performance from the MIT Press.
> Entangled: Technology and the Transformation of Performance
> Chris Salter
> Foreward by Peter Sellars
> This ambitious and comprehensive book explores technology's
> influence on artistic performance practices in the twentieth and
> twenty-first centuries. In Entangled, Chris Salter shows that
> technologies, from the mechanical to the computational—from a
> "ballet of objects and lights" staged by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes
> in 1917 to contemporary technologically enabled "responsive
> environments"—have been entangled with performance across a wide
> range of disciplines. Salter examines the rich and extensive history
> of performance experimentation in theater, music, dance, the visual
> and media arts, architecture, and other fields; explores the
> political, social, and economic context for the adoption of
> technological practices in art; and shows that these practices have a
> set of common histories despite their disciplinary borders.
> Each chapter in Entangled focuses on a different form: theater
> scenography, architecture, video and image making, music and sound
> composition, body-based arts, mechanical and robotic art, and
> interactive environments constructed for research, festivals, and
> participatory urban spaces. Salter's exhaustive survey and analysis
> shows that performance traditions have much to teach other emerging
> practices—in particular in the burgeoning fields of new media.
> Students of digital art need to master not only electronics and code
> but also dramaturgy, lighting, sound, and scenography. Entangled will
> serve as an invaluable reference for students, researchers, and
> artists as well as a handbook for future praxis.
> Endorsements:
> "Entangled stays true to its name. It is one of those rare books that
> builds networks and bridges - between the body and technology, the
> material and the ephemeral, thinking and making."
> —William Forsythe, Artistic Director, The Forsythe Company,
> Frankfurt Germany
> "Salter's Entangled is a rich source book that presents the
> relationship between performance art and technology in a unique and
> broad perspective. The manifold artworks described in this
> overwhelming volume testify to the continuity of artistic exploration
> throughout the twentieth century and show how contemporary, digitally
> based practices are rooted in the lasting curiosity about what it
> means to be human in an age of ever-evolving machine systems."
> —Andreas Broeckmann, art theorist and curator, Berlin
> "The routes we usually take to tell our stories about media,
> architecture, embodiment, and movement are challenged here by all-
> terrain travel: to warp, sing, pixilate, fly. Cross-medial engagement
> in a wide variety of performance practices is carefully articulated,
> skillfully performed, smartly theorized, and rigorously historicized,
> helping us shake off the habitual media-versus-live, or human-versus-
> machine divide to tangle our sensibilities in far more interesting
> claims. This is an important book."
> —Rebecca Schneider, Brown University
> The Author:
> Chris Salter is an artist, Assistant Professor of Design and
> Computation Arts at Concordia University, Montreal and researcher
> with the Hexagram institute for Research-Creation in Media Arts. His
> works, large-scale multimedia environments, have been exhibited
> worldwide.
> For more information:
> http://mitpress.mit.edu/catalog/item/default.asp?ttype=2&tid=12153


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