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James Hamilton, "Spaces, places and sounds in performance arts"

Abstract: How are space and time used to achieve both particular aesthetic effects and specific political effects? Is there a reliable connection between the uses of space to generate specific aesthetic effects and conceptualizations of space that are useful in the social sciences, fine arts, and humanities? In the arts of performance (most notably theatre, dance, performance art) a spatial dimension is introduced by way of the presentation of live bodies in art, i.e., on stage. Accordingly, I propose to approach the questions I have just set forth by way of thinking about how a sense of space is generated by performances.​