Media, Communication, Digitalization
The internet and performance are intimately intermeshed. Music, drama, dance, puppetry from national and international stages, but sometimes also from remote villages may be watched online, in real time and often for years afterwards, on computers, tablets, and smartphones, just about anywhere in the world. Not suprisingly scholarship becomes involved as well: these more or less obvious mediations of performance are also being studied. Technologies and techniques of performance analysis—in short, tools of study—that utilize the web’s affordances, not in the last place its multimediality, are following suit.
The present panel of scholars at different career stages, hailing from across the globe, is devoted to these current developments and their academic ramifications, both in general and with specific reference to parts of East and Southeast Asia. The presentations examine, on the one hand, videos, audio, photographs, scripts, and verbal descriptions or discussions of performances that are accessible in online websites, archives, and portals, alongside other aspects of the genres in question such as photos of stage equipment, costumes, masks, puppets. These representations are mediated. The panel’s presentations call for sensitive awareness of their mediated nature.
On the other hand the presentations also address issues surrounding multimedial analysis and online publication of the results, in an effort to advance the theory and methodology of online performance studies as a part of digital humanities. The panel will theorize and critique these novel approaches, and suggest strategies to render them feasible and sustainable in the current academic world, where they tend to be institutionally disadvantaged. It hopes to present new insights into the politics of performance and of the internet and social media, and into the academic politics surrounding publication and validation of research outcomes, and ultimately, appointments, promotions, and RANKINGS.