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Impossible triangles: flat actors in telematic theatre

Prior,Y 2014, Impossible triangles: flat actors in telematic theatre, Australasian drama studies, no. 65, pp. 168-190.

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Title Impossible triangles: flat actors in telematic theatre
Author(s) Prior,Y
Journal name Australasian drama studies
Issue number 65
Start page 168
End page 190
Total pages 23
Publisher University of Queensland, Department of English
Place of publication St. Lucia, Qld
Publication date 2014-12-01
ISSN 0810-4123
Summary In fact, in this scene, both A and B are online. A is in a classroom at the University of Amsterdam in The Netherlands, and B is in a television studio at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. The two locations are connected through video conference and, in each space, a local audience watches the local performer in the room, and the remote performer projected on a screen. The performers are captured in profile, and appear to be looking at computer screens in front of them but cannot actually see one another. The text is consciously banal, composed to replicate the broken rhythms and sequences, flattened tone and repetitions of scrolling words in a text box on a screen. Information about presence and absence (A or B is offline or online) is spoken as text. Although the two performers speak in accents that declare their different language/ cultures, the vernacular is generic 'internetslang'. The relatively monotonous and unpunctuated delivery of the textual rhythms is interrupted and counterpointed by a sound lag of nearly a second, and by a faint audio echo as one voice 'lands' in the second location. Its orchestration allows the sound fracture and dispersal in some moments. In other moments, the actors anticipate or absorb the gaps in transmission, driving the speech rhythms through so that the utterance 'arrives' precisely at the end of the prompt line.
Language eng
Field of Research 190205 Interactive Media
190404 Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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