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The Embodiment of Authority

Perspectives on Performances

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Edited By Taina Riikonen and Marjaana Virtanen

Performance is a forum for social action, embodied interaction and shared authority. Recently, as the various acts and agencies surrounding a performance have become the target of scholarly interest, the complex split between theory and practice has been challenged, as has the idea of a singular, disembodied authorial ownership of the socio-material meanings surrounding performance. The Embodiment of Authority approaches performance, issues of authority and negotiated knowledge production through multi-material research data and interdisciplinary methods. The book discusses the relationship between authorial questions and performances via the following topics: shared authorities, ontologies of art work, diverse roles of rehearsals in the performance process, and embodied knowledge.
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Sound Art, Music and the Rehabilitation of Schizophonia

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Abstract This study contributes to current discussion on the relationship between sound art and music and examines the role of cruelty within it. The narrative offers a restored position for ‘schizophonia’, a term that takes on the role of homeopathic cruelty, thereby providing a measured dose of pathogen and enabling a critique of musical and sound-art practice as a means of opening up the possibility for rehabilitation.

Dr Thomas Gardner is a musician and composer, especially interested in the relations between sound art and music. He is a senior lecturer and course director of the MA in Sound Art at the London College of Communication and a member of CRiSAP (Creative Research in Sound Art Practice).

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