Pedagogic Research Seminar 4: inter-medial pedagogy

Our final seminar for 2014/15 is being facilitated by Dr Mark Crossley from the Faculty of Art, Design and Humanities, on the subject of “Inter-medial Pedagogy: Working Across Media and Disciplines”.

It will take place in Hugh Aston 2.34 on Wednesday 24 June 2015, 4pm-5pm. You would be very welcome. Please email Richard Hall for more details.

Mark’s abstract is appended below.

“I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can’t stop eating peanuts.” (Orson Welles 1956)

The 20th and 21st centuries have seen the inexorable rise of new artistic media, from film to television, the internet and social media. They beguile us and they now stand side by side with existing artistic forms, vying for our attention and cultural recognition. Not only do they stand alone, but they readily co-exist and infuse each other to create hybrid forms: screen dance, installation art, virtual theatre, digital opera and so on and so on.

This seminar focuses on the response of arts pedagogy to the contemporary developments in intermediality and the hybridity of media in performing arts contexts. Theatre is becoming increasingly difficult to define as a medium as practitioners experiment with a myriad of new media, combining live and digital processes in performance. The possibilities and tensions of this evolution, from a performance studies perspective, have been well documented over the last forty years or more and the research field of intermedial theory has grown rapidly. However, what are the challenges and opportunities that intermediality creates for arts pedagogy and what theories, methodologies, possibilities and concerns have been proposed to date? Has the response been concerted and wide-ranging or is this territory under explored?

The seminar will draw upon Mark’s recent article published in Drama Research journal 6:1 entitled In search of an intermedial drama pedagogy and on his forthcoming co-editorship of a special edition of RiDE (Research in Drama Education) entitled – Responding to Intermediality.

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