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Title: AS WITHOUT, SO WITHIN: POST-HUMAN CAPACITIES OF THE PERFORMING OBJECT
Authors: LEE SHU YU
Issue Date: 15-Apr-2019
Citation: LEE SHU YU (2019-04-15). AS WITHOUT, SO WITHIN: POST-HUMAN CAPACITIES OF THE PERFORMING OBJECT. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: At the crossroads of consumer culture and mindful minimalism, material culture has had a growing impact on humans and the world we live in. It is thus curious how objects may affect theatrical events. Traditionally, objects have been subjected to a quiet presence on the stage, secondary to the actor or plot. However, objects have the latent capacity to be performative. This encourages a look away from the human-centric to consider the object’s actions in theatre and the world. I thus propose that the performing object presents a post-human understanding of our relationship with materials and objects in theatre and beyond. Using concepts of intra-activity and material performativity from the likes of Karen Barad and Cecilie Sachs Olsen, the paper will explore the performing object in three parts: as-is, as-seen and as-presented. I will first explore how the object recalibrates our physical encounters with the world through its properties. Then, I will examine our symbolic relationships with objects, as they are seen. Lastly, I will synthesize both physical and symbolic encounters with the object in light of the ideological and consider how objects are presented. By studying how matter and meaning can converge in a discussion about our ideological encounters with the world, human relationships with objects can achieve greater depth and awareness, given the struggles with consumerism and environmental damage.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/155992
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