Since its first appearance, Philip Auslander’s ground-breaking book has and courtroom testimony, Liveness offers penetrating insights into media culture. 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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Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture

Now that media is culturally dominant, live events are now modeled on mediatized ones. Essays in Modernism and Postmodernism.

Darren rated it liked it Aug 20, Auslander makes some interesting arguments for rethinking the concept of liveness in a society that has grown up on media. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social livendss resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Lists with This Book. We need to remain alert to what happens to the body when it is mediatised.

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I could have scanned through most of the book and still get the general point. 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 liiveness done to it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers.

Performances that derive from templates instead reference an ideal template, and attempt to borrow its aura or authority. What is the status of live performance in a culture dominated by mass media?

Auslander argues that the mediatization of performance instantiates an appreciation of “the live” as a performance value and, thus, the two are mutually constitutive, not fundamentally different.

Published June 21st by Routledge first published 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. He suggests that liveness and mediatization are not oppositional categories in the field of performance, but instead have an intertwined and reciprocal relationship.


Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture by Philip Auslander

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.

Auslander references Jacques Attali on liveess as a method compared to repetition. Performance in a Mediatized Culture.

Auslander is the editor of Performance: Contents Live performance in a mediatized culture. Want to Read saving…. Essays in Modernism and Postmodernism Routledge,and Liveness: In theatre, presence is the matrix of power; the postmodern theatre of resistance must therefore both expose the collusion of presence with authority and resist such collusion by refusing to establish itself as the charismatic Other. Recent web technologies, web 2. Television is intimate in the sense of bringing the external to the home, without needing to travel to it.

Gender and Theatricality in Popular Music. This could be just an instance of remediation, where disciplines borrow, reference, and support each other.

Television strove to emulate theatre when it emerged ausllander than film. This provocative book tackles some of the enduring ‘sacred truths’ surrounding the high cultural status of the live event.

This guy is a twat. Masses have desire for proximity, and at the same loveness, have desire for reproduced objects. Ultimately, Auslander emphasizes that there are no ontological differences between live performance and media. 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.

Books by Philip Auslander. Live performances are just as susceptible to incorporating media elements as others. Kristin Diane rated it liked it Apr 10, To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Performance and Disability University of Michigan Press, Thanks for telling us about the problem. This provocative book tackles some of the enduring ‘sacred truths’ surrounding the high cultural status of the live event.


This approach treats the relationship as non-antagonistic, though. 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: Susan rated it it was amazing Oct 18, You must be logged in to post a comment. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Kera rated it it was ok Jan 27, Interesting book, somewhat provocative, but quite frankly I found its writing organization and explanation-style a bit stilted.

It introduces new ways to look at their theories in terms of performance, though I would personally rather just stick with the philosophers’ writings themselves.

Other editions – View all Liveness: An interesting critique of the line between live performance and mediatized, aka performance on televison or screen. I think Auslander takes an innovative and smart approach to this topic, but I don’t completely buy his argument that media have the same ontological status as live performance in that they disappear at a partic Auslander makes some interesting arguments for rethinking the concept of liveness in a society that has grown up on media.

It is a point well taken. Auslander treats this change as one dependent on the historical situation, rather than as dependent on intrinsic properties. The second edition ends up being a more enjoyable read, thus amplifying the intervention made by the author in the first edition.