Intermedial performance: Digital connectivity

Yap, T 2009, 'Intermedial performance: Digital connectivity', in D. Riha and A. Maj (ed.) The Real and the Virtual: Critical Issues in Cybercultures, Salzburg, Austria, 13-15 March 2009.


Document type: Conference Paper
Collection: Conference Papers

Title Intermedial performance: Digital connectivity
Author(s) Yap, T
Year 2009
Conference name 5th Global Conference Cybercultures - Exploring Critical Issues
Conference location Salzburg, Austria
Conference dates 13-15 March 2009
Proceedings title The Real and the Virtual: Critical Issues in Cybercultures
Editor(s) D. Riha
A. Maj
Publisher Inter-Disciplinary Press
Place of publication Oxford, UK
Abstract It is well recognised that performance practices and their development are intricately linked to media and technology. The intermedial in live performance is both a technological and a performative phenomenon. It points at once to the incorporation of digital processing for inter-media communications within performance; and correlatively, to performance that occurs within this in-betweeness of mediality. The incorporation of digital technology does not just expand and alter the sensory and temporal aspects of live performance, but it affects process as well as content and form. Systems of varying complexity are developed to enable inter-communication between different media and elements in real-time. Through feedback loops between different elements, dynamic and non-linear events could be generated real-time. Performance becomes the choreography of a relational system - playing through the field of combinatorics, patterning and the transformational. Translation between media means the boundaries and distinctions between media becomes blurred or even fused. The implication of this isn't only ontological, it affects meaning and signification as well as performativity. Intermedial performance is a form of multi-medial staging where media are not just layered and juxtaposed with one another; instead modalities and media are being transformed and mediated through the other, producing a fabric of inter-relations where often the other is the transcoding of the one thing in another form. Representation or remediation through transcoding involves a reductive process; this materialist idea of translating quantitative and qualitative values and relations from one medium to another transposes our conventional idea of meaning creation. Intermedial performance presents an expansion of how we construct and think about meaning and performance through the process of mediation and remediation. This paper's exploration includes a case study of "Quartet" presented by Margie Medlin.
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