Theatre and Performance Design Journal

Theatre & Performance Design – Call for Submissions

Volume 3, Issues 3: Video in the Theatre

Extended Deadline: 6th March 2017

The editors, Arnold Aronson and Jane Collins have pleasure in calling for submissions to the journal Theatre and Performance Design Volume 3, Issue 3 Fall 2017. The issue will consist of general articles on scenography but we are also seeking submissions on the subject of video in the theatre.
The presence of projected moving images in live theatrical performance dates back at least to the work of Erwin Piscator in the 1920s. Video technology became viable after World War II, but it was the introduction of the Sony Portapack in 1965 that made video available to non-broadcast consumers. The new technology quickly led to the creation of a new art form, almost single-handedly invented by visionary artist Nam June Paik. Video soon found its way into theatre with pioneering work by Josef Svoboda, Video Free America, Squat Theatre, and, of course, the Wooster Group, among others. (See Chris Salter, Entangled [Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2010] for a more complete history.) Video has the possibility of being live or pre-recorded; projected or shown on video monitors. It can function as a “wormhole” in the space of the stage and it can introduce several time matrices simultaneously. With the ever-increasing sophistication of video equipment, coupled with the ever-decreasing size and cost of recording equipment (and the expanding size and resolution of monitors and screens), video has become a standard, even ubiquitous, presence in live performance.
We are seeking articles that explore the aesthetic and theoretical implications of these developments over the past two decades or so, as well as articles exploring the use of video by innovative theatre artists and companies. Although video projection is related in some ways to still and film projection, this special issue of the journal will focus exclusively on video—both analog and digital. (However, articles that explore the relationship of video to other forms of projection may be considered.) We welcome articles by practitioners as well as scholars.

Submissions to Nick Tatchell, Editorial Associate: [email protected]
Extended Deadline: 6th March 2017