Media Archaeology and Intermedial Performance

Deep Time of the Theatre

  • Nele Wynants

Part of the Avant-Gardes in Performance book series (AGP)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Stage Scenery and Technology

  3. Embodied Technics

  4. Expanded Theatre

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 285-290

About this book


This book develops media archaeological approaches to theatre and intermediality. As an age-old art form, theatre has always embraced ‘new’ media. To create theatrical effects and optical illusions, theatre makers were ready to integrate state-of-the-art technics and technologies, and by doing so they playfully explored and popularized scientific knowledge on mechanics, optics and sound for live audiences. This book highlights this obvious but often overlooked relation between media developments and the history of intermedial theater. By considering the interplay between present intermedial performances and their archaeological traces, the authors assembled here revisit old and often forgotten media approaches and theatre technologies. This archaeology is understood less as the discovery of a forgotten past than as the establishment of an active relationship between past and present. Rather than treating archaeological remains as representative tokens of a fragmented past that need to be preserved, the authors stress the return of the past in the present, but in a different, performative guise.


Multimedia Digital technologies Historiography Practice Innovation Contemporary art Scenery The body Film Video art Dramaturgy

Editors and affiliations

  • Nele Wynants
    • 1
  1. 1.Free University of Brussels (ULB)BrusselsBelgium

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Literature, Cultural and Media Studies
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-99575-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-99576-2
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