Archives and Architecture

Douglas Rosenberg

in Screendance

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199772612
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949670 | DOI:
Archives and Architecture

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This chapter investigates site-specificity in relation to screendance, articulating the very particular space of the camera and describing how that space inscribes content and meaning as one frames movement within the lens of the camera. Documentation is often thought of as a simple unmediated recording of an event that maintains both its original intent and temporality. This chapter points out that even documentation is under-theorized and that it is not an objective view of a dance event. Cameras are prosthetic devices for extending one’s range of vision; however, they do not duplicate vision, they replace how we see the world with a mediated version of what we desire the world to look like. As such, they have the potential to add layers of artifice to the event they are meant to record. Chapter One suggests theoretical frameworks for thinking about both the differences and similarities between media for both archiving and artmaking.

Keywords: archiving; artmaking; cameras; vision; documentation; site-specificity; theorization

Chapter.  7842 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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