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Objects and Things: Material Culture in Performance


Objects and Things: Material Culture in Performance

Diese Veranstaltung ist Teil der Einführungswoche am Institut für Kunstgeschichte (14. - 18.10.19).

Guest Lecture and discussion with William F. Condee (J. Richard Hamilton Professor of Humanities, Professor of Theater, School of Interdisciplinary Arts, Ohio University)

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Objects are typically thought of as inert—something we act upon. Likewise, puppets (more so in the US) have traditionally been seen as bad children's birthday party entertainment and unworthy of serious academic study.
The emerging approaches of performing objects and material performance seek to change our perspective. Passive objects become things with agency. Not only do puppets perform, but any thing can take on a performative role or be viewed as participating in a performance.
This seminar will explore Proschan's theory of "performing objects" and Posner, Orenstein and Bell's approach to "material performance." We will also see how these theories are based on Law and Latour's "Actor-Network Theory," which examines rhizomatic networks ranging from the electrical grid to colonial domination, and political scientist Jane Bennett's idea that matter, such as stem cells, food, trash, is vibrant and has agency.
Finally, we will see how these approaches have inspired visual artists, such as Johanna Winters, to, as she describes, "bridge the genres of performance and visual art."

William F. Condee - Biography:

William F. Condee (J. Richard Hamilton/Baker and Hostetler Professor of Humanities and Professor of Theater) is the author of two books, "Coal and Culture: The Opera House in Appalachia" (Ohio University Press, 2005) and "Theatrical Space: A Guide for Directors and Designers" (Scarecrow Press, 1995), as well as "Experiments with Architectural Space in the German Theatre," in A History of German Theatre (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and "Architecture for the Twentieth Century: Imagining the Theatre in the 1 920s," in Experimenters, Rebels, and Disparate Voices: The Theatre of the 1920s Celebrates American Diversity (Greenwood, 2003).

His articles on theatre space have appeared in Journal of American Drama & Theatre, Architectural Review, World Architecture, Journal of American Culture, Scenography International, Theatre Design and Technology, Themes in Drama and McNeese Review. His articles on Southeast Asian puppetry have appeared in Puppetry International, Asian Journal of University Education and Studies in Theatre and Performance. Articles on other subjects have appeared in lnterdisciplinary Studies, Theatre Topics, Oxford Encyclopedia of Theatre and Performance, Theatre Survey, Theatre Annual, Western European Stages and The Eugene O'Neill Review.

Prof. Condee served as Kohei Miura Visiting Professor at Chubu University (Japan), Fulbright Senior Specialist at the Leipzig University (Germany) and University of Malaya (Malaysia), and has been invited to lecture internationally at East China Normal University (Shanghai), Dankook University (S. Korea), German Association of American Studies, Danish National School of Performing Arts, Hindu Dharma Institute (Bali), Tsinghua University (Beijing), Nanjing University and the Prague Quadrennial.

Regarding teaching, Condee received numerous awards including Distinguished Teaching Professor, Presidential Teacher, Faculty Excellence, Fine Arts Outstanding Teacher, Honors Tutorial Outstanding Tutor and Ohio Magazine's Excellence in Education. He is the co-founder of the Bruning Teaching Academy, and has been co-investigator for major grants in support of teaching excellence.
In addition, Dr. Condee has appeared on Broadway as a clown in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade, has performed shadow puppetry in Bali, and has competed in the Boston, New York, Athens and Wampus Cat Marathons.

Die Teilnahme an diesem Kurs (mit Impulsvortrag und Diskussion) ist nur nach Anmeldung im Sekretariat des Instituts für Kunstgeschichte möglich.
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