The emancipating possibilities of performing with cartoons

Oliver, ML 2008, 'The emancipating possibilities of performing with cartoons' , International Journal of Performing Arts and Digital Media, 4 (1) , pp. 59-67.

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The emancipating possibilities of performing with cartoons’ focuses on the impact and implications of performing with the cartoon double. It offers a brief history of the author’s practice and explores the creation of an original devised digital performance work which sees the human-cartoon-interface as a radical new mode of performance. By touching on hypotheses by Auslander, Causey and Leslie, this article explores the correlation between experimental performance practice and contemporary theories on the digital double. Comedy writing is pro- posed as a method through which an equilibrium can be achieved between actual and cartoon performer, countering current hypotheses on the virtual inter- face and the disappearing body in favour of a view which forefronts the tenacious and still very present body of the ageing performer. Oliver proposes that it was only a matter of time for the performance artist to explore the disruptive quality of cartoon animation with its own temporal, spatial and cultural concerns and her explorations into this ‘low’ art form open up a discussion which questions the value systems that we currently employ to analyse performance practice.

Item Type: Article
Themes: Media, Digital Technology and the Creative Economy
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media
Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: International Journal of Performing Arts and Digital Media
Publisher: Intellect
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1479-4713
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: M Oliver
Date Deposited: 10 May 2013 11:47
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 23:37

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