Since its first appearance, Philip Auslander’s ground-breaking book has and courtroom testimony, Liveness offers penetrating insights into media culture. On live performance, Auslander is trying to challenge the ideas of the traditional value of liveness. Performers in theatre cling to “the magic of. PDF | On Mar 1, , Dean Wilcox and others published Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture. By Philip Auslander. London & New York: Routledge.

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But it also has to do with the cultural dominance of the screened image at this historical moment.

Susan rated it it was amazing Oct 18, Nov 15, Karli rated it really liked it. Forged from a partnership between a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves.

Arguably, the same could be said today of the internet. Essays in Modernism and Postmodernism. Nick Rennis rated it liked it Oct 22, In this new edition, the author thoroughly updates his provocative argument to take into account new digital and media technologies, and cultural, social and legal developments. The new examples are elegantly selected and integrated into the existing text. Performance in a Mediatized Culture.

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Account Options Sign in. Critical Concepts, a reference collection in four volumes published by Routledge in and, with Carrie Sandahl, co-editor of Bodies in Commotion: The dilemma of Brechtian performance is that, for all of Brecht’s emphasis on rationality and the undermining of theatrical illusion, the actor must convincingly portray something that she is not.

Refresh and try again. RSS feed for comments on this post. References to this book Is this real?: Glam rockers unquestionably used their performances of queer identities to provoke and rebel against the status quo in a way that roughly parallels earlier rockers’ use of black music and identities.


The 2nd edition actually improves upon the first in a variety of subtle but significant ways. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Rob Samuels rated it it was amazing May 15, In Liveness Philip Auslander addresses what may be the single most important question facing all kinds of performance today: On a positive note, I did enjoy his clever integration of thinkers like Baudrillard, Benjamin, and Derrida into his arguments.

Return to Book Page. Open Preview See a Problem? Hi Philip, thanks for reading! He does vaguely come to this conclusion that our notion of “liveness” as “that which cannot be represented” is problematic, but he only does so indirectly.

This sounds to reference Greenberg on the Avant-Garde and Kitsch. Jeff rated it liked it Jan 27, Auslander makes some interesting arguments for rethinking the concept of liveness in a society that has grown up on media.

I have chosen this example in part to make the point that a template is not the same as a script: Judeanne rated it really liked it May 20, Performances occur in numerous locations, and are all live and separate, but are designed to evoke one single character, which is the template that generates each performance. The live ajslander will be perceived through that frame–they will be seen in terms of the video or digital media, not the other way around.

Auslander references Jacques Attali on representation as a method compared to repetition. 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 particle level.

I would be the last person to argue that the body signifies at some basic level that precedes or transcends its cultural inscriptions. Theatre and media are rivals, and, much like industrial production, media specifically television has filled and saturated the cultural economy.


Similar properties can be said of digital media, but in that case it uses the hypermediate in addition to the immediate, and the illusion of the sanitized vanished much more quickly. Television strove to emulate theatre when it emerged rather than film. But there is also a crucial difference: It’s just not that useful.

By looking at specific instances of live performance such as theatre, rock music, sport and courtroom testimony, Liveness offers penetrating insights into media culture.

What is the status of live performance in a culture dominated by mass media? Daniel Shipman rated it really liked it Aug 22, Though I found his arguments somewhat compelling, I think he could have done a much better job explaining them. In Liveness Philip Auslander addresses what may be the single most important question facing all kinds of performance today: Interesting book, somewhat provocative, but quite frankly I found its writing organization and explanation-style a bit stilted.

Liveness: Performance in a Mediatized Culture

Auslander argues that the mediatization of performance instantiates an appreciation of auzlander live” as a performance value and, thus, the two are mutually constitutive, not fundamentally different. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. Published June 21st by Routledge first published Since its first appearance, Philip Auslander’s ground-breaking book has helped wuslander reconfigure To ask other readers questions about Livenessplease sign up.

This could be just an instance of remediation, where disciplines borrow, reference, and support each other.