Title

Reprogramming the Stage: A Heuristic for Posthuman Performance

Abstract

In this essay, we expand upon scholarly conversations concerning digital performance to demonstrate how performance studies' current, primarily humanistic, paradigm for theorizing digital performance is due for an upgrade. We review how rigorous articulations of digital performance disrupt a hegemonic struggle between liveness and virtuality and suggest that ontologies associated with posthumanism may better serve performers, theorists, and audiences interested in exploring a more relationally framed "technocorporeal performance." Finally, we offer three concepts for theorizing digital performance—terminal, network, and index—as ways to talk about such performance, using the example of one author's work.

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1080/10462937.2015.1075169

Keywords

digital performance, posthumanism, terminal, network, index

Publication Date

2015

Recommended Citation

Gingrich-Philbrook, Craig, and Jake Simmons. "Reprogramming the stage: A heuristic for posthuman performance." Text and Performance Quarterly 35, no. 4 (2015): 323-344.

Journal Title

Text and Performance Quarterly

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