Body, Mind, Artifact: Reimagining Collections
June 10-13, 2014
John Jay College
City University of New York
524 West 59th Street
New York, New York
The programme is posted on the Conference website.
Registration is open now.
November 20-23, 2014
Baltimore Marriott Waterfront
700 Aliceanna Street
TLA Plenary - The Paradox of the Post-Human: Archival Subjects, Systems, and Sites
Archival methodologies seek to re-construct the theatrical past through interventions by scholars, practitioners, librarians, and archivists. The archive is re-animated through human intervention, but first the ephemerality of performance is fixed in time through the creation of archival surrogates. Inert materials populate the temporal space previously inhabited by theatre makers and their documentarians. Some ensemble companies like the Wooster Group deliberately engage these proxies in performance, while others like the Studio for Electronic Theatre re-position theatre makers through avatars and cybernetic art.
This panel invites papers that investigate the paradox of the post-human in the broadening spectrum of archival subjects, systems, and sites. What do these archival subjects tell us about human culture? How are archival sites constructed in the digital age? What new challenges and opportunities are posed by multimedia, digital content and information systems? How do these information systems operate? Where do individual or institutional memories reside, and what technologies can best support them?
Panelists will address the following:
Plenary Co-Chairs: Colleen Reilly, Slippery Rock University; Lisbeth Wells-Pratt, University of Georgia