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The living statue: Performer, poseur, posthuman

Lavender, A (2013) The living statue: Performer, poseur, posthuman Studies in Theatre and Performance, 33 (2). pp. 119-131.

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Abstract

This article explores the contemporary phenomenon of living statue performance. It addresses the attributes of this work as a mode of disciplined physical presentation; a cipher for acting; and an instance of pure watchability. I discuss examples of statue performers in Sao Paolo's Parque Ibirapuera, to examine ways in which living statues present personae, interact with spectators and create situations of affect. I note some historical instances of statue performance and their taste for the uncanny. In addressing the recent ubiquity of the form, I argue that today's living statues can be seen as characteristically posthuman and suggest that their tropes of presentation are consistent with other kinds of performance within digital culture. © 2013 Intellect Ltd Article.

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Arts > Dance, Film and Theatre
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Lavender, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : May 2013
Identification Number : 10.1386/stap.33.2.119_1
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Additional Information : © 2013 Intellect Ltd
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 29 Oct 2014 15:11
Last Modified : 29 Oct 2014 15:11
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/800815

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