The Italic I: between liveness and the lens

Cocker, E. ORCID: 0000-0002-2985-7839 and Thornton, C., 2018. The Italic I: between liveness and the lens. Studies in Theatre and Performance, 38 (3), pp. 238-250. ISSN 1468-2761

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In this article, the question of ‘the alternative document’ is addressed with reference to The Italic I, a practice-based artistic enquiry developed through collaboration between writer-artist Emma Cocker and interdisciplinary artist Clare Thornton. Evolving gradually (since 2012) through a series of research residencies, exhibitions, publications and performance-lectures, The Italic I explores the event of repeatedly falling apprehended consciously as an exercise of mind and muscle, tested out in physical and cognitive terms. The conceptual implications of falling itself (conceived within The Italic I as both a bodily-kinesthetic and verbal-linguistic act) have been elaborated within other research articles, where we have framed the purposeful action of surrendering to a repeated fall as a training practice or exercise for cultivating a willfully non-corrective tendency in thought, speech and action; for operating against expectation, against normative conditioning (Cocker and Thornton 2016, 2017). For this context, our research focus shifts to address the functioning and performativity of the various ‘documents’ generated within The Italic I, exploring what is at stake at the threshold where live and lens meet, in the gap or interval between live performance and lens-based mediation, between event and document.

Item Type: Journal article
Description: Studies in Theatre and Performance special issue for the Alternative Document edited by Angela Bartram.
Publication Title: Studies in Theatre and Performance
Creators: Cocker, E. and Thornton, C.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 2018
Volume: 38
Number: 3
ISSN: 1468-2761
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 20 Jun 2018 12:15
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2019 15:50

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