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On Stage: The Theatrical Dimension of Video Image

Academic journal article Afterimage

On Stage: The Theatrical Dimension of Video Image

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On Stage: The Theatrical Dimension of Video Image By Mathilde Roman/Intellect/2016/107 pp./$36.00 (sb)

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In a time when performance in front of the camera is ubiquitous and the line between theater and reality is blurring, where six-second videos on Vine pervade our social consciousness and create overnight celebrities, a book like On Stage: The Theatrical Dimension of Video Image should be on every media artist's reading list.

Distilling the history of video installation through the lens of theatrical performance, this title explores the parallel dialogue between these two mediums. By comparing the way in which both are apparatuses for display of time-based narratives, rely heavily on the understanding of space and place, and heighten our sensitivity to the "gaze" and ideas of spectatorship, Mathilde Roman is able to amplify their connectedness in both form and function.

In the section titled "Thinking Space and Projecting the World," a quote from Jerome Clicenstein's L'art: une histoire depositions (2009), begins the study:

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