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Network at the National Theatre

This post originally appeared on the CityLIS blog

Paddy Chayefsky’s 1976 movie Network has been adapted for the stage by playwright Lee Hall. Network tells the story of Howard Beale, a middle of the road,  middle aged, going nowhere fast American news anchor on the UBS network. One day he announces live on air that he will kill himself on his last broadcast. Howard explains that he has a deficit of bullshit in his life: Continue reading “Network at the National Theatre”

Immersion: A New(ish) Way to Experience Art and the World

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Immersive theatre has become a popular term in the UK over the past decade. It encompasses quite a broad range of performance practices, but at it’s most basic immersive theatre denotes performances that occur around the audience, who unlike in conventional theatre spaces experience the piece by moving inside a fictional world.But immersion does not just denote spatial characteristics. Participation is also a common trope, where artists aim to give audiences some agency over how they experience the story they are immersed inside of.

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Theatre, Archives, Documentation and LIS. What’s the Link? Part Two

This post was originally published on the CityLIS Blog  

Our story picks up in the winter of 2011. After the CEDAR project wrapped up in February, I was asked to re-validate a level 2 module on the drama degree course at UEL with a colleague, Conan Lawrence. Conan had presented a paper at UEL’s Performing the Archive conference entitled ‘Performing the Archive: Reflections from an Archive Aware Performance Process’ where he uses Bourriad’s figure of the “semionaut” as a metaphor of archival navigation; a process of creating pathways through signs as a method of tacit knowledge (Lawrence, 2010).

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Theatre, Archives, Documentation and LIS. What’s the link?

This is an edited version of a post I published on the CityLIS blog.

I joined City, University of London this academic year as a lecturer in Library and Information Science. I’ve been working with Dr Lyn Robinson on the DocPerform project since October 2016. The project investigates the intersections between LIS and performance documentation. We are especially interested in ‘immersive documents’, technology that does not yet exist but which we can now foresee with new developments in virtual reality and unreal interactive  environments. We hosted our second symposium DocPerform 2: New Technologies last week, where speakers were invited  to share their theories of documenting and archiving in the context of our digitally networked culture.

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Working Class Academic

When I was growing up in east London, I knew what working class meant but didn’t know that it had a name.

Working class meant watching my mum organise money into envelopes labelled ‘water’, ‘gas’, ‘electric’, ‘mortgage’ and ‘savings’ every week. Working class meant mum doing a paper round to supplement her income as a dinner lady in a school. Working class meant not having a car. Working class meant getting buses not trains. Working class meant collecting coupons for the weekly shop. Working class meant a trip to McDonalds was a special treat, where mum could only afford to buy me a burger and chips, so she wouldn’t eat anything. Continue reading “Working Class Academic”