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'Affective encounters' : live intermedial spaces in sites of trauma

Scott, JE 2016, ''Affective encounters' : live intermedial spaces in sites of trauma' , Research in Drama Education, 21 (3) , pp. 332-336.

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Abstract

This article addresses live intermediality as a tool for creative learning in the context of workshops carried out with young people in the town of Terezin, in the Czech Republic, site of the Nazi concentration camp, Theresienstadt. Live intermediality, as a mode of live media practice, involves the real time mixing and merging of sound, image, text and body, with a particular focus on the intersection between digital and physical modes. Employing both a written exposition and intermedial materials, in the form of a ‘video-text’, the article reflects on, positions and opens up this practice, specifically in relation to the ‘affective encounters’ (Bennett 2005, 37) it generated between the workshop participants and the ‘traces of past people and events’ (Simon, Rosenberg and Eppert 2000, 7) in Terezin. In doing so, I propose that live intermediality, with its emphasis on the real time mixing of diverse elements and responses, has a particular capacity to generate creative practice which is ‘transactive’ (Bennett 2007, 5) and where affect ‘flow[s] through bodies and spaces, rather than residing within a single subject’ (Bennett 2005, 13). With its focus on ‘the act of doing as the generator of meaning’ (Bryon 2014, 214), this practice prompted ‘affective encounters’ with aspects of the past trauma of Terezin, through the participants’ live intermedial creation, in and in response to the present site.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Arts & Media > Arts, Media and Communication Research Centre
Journal or Publication Title: Research in Drama Education
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1356-9783
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Funders: Non funded research
Depositing User: Dr Joanne Scott
Date Deposited: 22 Mar 2016 12:12
Last Modified: 15 Jul 2016 09:18
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/38167

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