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Mediated Bodies

Douglas Rosenberg

in Screendance

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199772612
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949670 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772612.003.0002
Mediated Bodies

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This chapter offers a trajectory of media specificity in relation to dance on screen by tracing the evolution of dancing bodies on screen, and the material by which they are inscribed. This chapter discusses a body of work important to the development of screendance, much of which has been cited in other accounts of the genre. However, this analysis then moves laterally across the art world to connect screendance practice to other significant aesthetic and cultural movements. As a result, the history of screendance is embeded in larger historical contexts. One of those historical contexts centers on the 1960s, in which the changes in the way that media circulated brought vastly different aesthetic and theoretical concerns to bear for both artists and society in general.

Keywords: media; aesthetic movements; cultural movements; photography; media specificity

Chapter.  7578 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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