The Theatrical text as a misrecognised technological practice

shape-shifting interventions between words and bodies

Mark Seton

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This paper considers the theatrical written text as a technology that, in practice through performance, shapes embodied experience. It argues that the theatre text is not taken seriously as a technology that indiscriminately affects, mediates and embodies social relationships. From a phenomenological perspective, words actually express meaning in the way that the body expresses intentions by concurrently symbolising and realising them. This phenomenological understanding of the written word, as a technological intervention, has ethical and practical implications for the many human agents – actors, directors, stage crew and audiences - engaged in the performing arts.
Original languageEnglish
JournalScan: journal of media arts culture
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2006

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Publisher version archived with the permission of the Editor, Scan, Department of Media, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia. This copy is available for individual, non-commercial use. Permission to reprint/republish this version for other uses must be obtained from the publisher.

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