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Konszachty z medialnością
Scheming with Mediality

Author(s): Małgorzata Sugiera, Mateusz Borowski
Subject(s): Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts
Published by: Instytut im. Jerzego Grotowskiego
Keywords: Theatre Theory; Digital Technologies; BioArt

Summary/Abstract: The authors recall Jerzy Grotowski’s thesis from Toward a Poor Theater, on the necessity of stressing the attributes that distinguish theater from television and cinema. They compare his concept to the writings of Auslander, for whom “the idea of theater as an event in the ‘here and now,’ taking place ‘live’ in the presence of viewers, is more historical than ontological.” They then demonstrate how, over the past decades, theater has ceased to expose the effect of reality generated by television, in favor of rebuilding a “broken alliance” with the audience. The authors then show how the development of digital technologies, in changing the relationships between fiction and reality, “effectively undermined the existence of a theater that was critical toward media.” After making these observations, Sugiera and Borowski show that experiments in bio art have proven “what art can do when it directly interferes with reality.”

  • Issue Year: 2012
  • Issue No: 107
  • Page Range: 35-42
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Polish