Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture
In Liveness Philip Auslander addresses what may be the single most important question facing all kinds of performance today: What is the status of live performance in a culture dominated by mass media? By looking at specific instances of live performance such as theatre, rock music, sport and courtroom testimony, Liveness offers penetrating insights into media culture. Thi...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 21st 2005 by Routledge
(first published 1999)
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Auslander makes some interesting arguments for rethinking the concept of liveness in a society that has grown up on media. He suggests that liveness and mediatization are not oppositional categories in the field of performance, but instead have an intertwined and reciprocal relationship. I think Auslander takes an innovative and smart approach to this topic, but I don't completely buy his argument that media have the same ontological status as live performance in that they disappear (at a partic...more
not sure if I should bother re-reading this. A book about liveness that is written just pre-internet and talks about performance without any mention of online performance. It's just not that useful. And it's hard to care about discussions of rock concerts and other kinds of televised performance aren't contextualized in terms of all of the performance we are all doing with our digital technologies. I had high hopes.