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PERFORMANCE PROJECTIONS: FILM AND THE BODY IN ACTION. Stephen Barber. Reaktion Books Ltd, London, 2014. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 256 pp. with 75 ills. 22 x 14 cm. ISBN 9781780233697 In English.
Publisher's description: Film does far more than document performance--it actively recreates the time and space of performance and overhauls its rapport with the viewer's eye and body. The first book to look in-depth at the intersection of film and performance in relation to issues and theories of space, Performance Projections travels from the origins of film in Europe and the United States to the world of digital media today, exploring the dynamic relationship between these vitally connected ideas. Drawing from a wide range of examples--including filmic depictions of German and Japanese and Chinese performance art and street cultures--Stephen Barber argues that the act of filming has the power to draw distinctively performative dimensions out of unruly human gatherings, such as riots and political protests, while also accentuating the outlandish and aberrant aspects of performance. Spanning the history of film, Barber moves from performance in film's formative years, such as Edward Muybridge's work in the 1880s, to contemporary performance artworks--for example, Rabih Mroue's investigations of the often lethal camera phone filming of snipers in Syrian cities.
Indexing: Western, International (Western Style) — Several Periods, Post-1945 — Video/Film/Performance, Criticism/Theory
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 162649
Paperbound $30.00    

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