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Semester and Year Offered: Monsoon
Course Coordinator and Team: Deepan Sivaraman & Abhilash Pillai.
Email of course coordinator: deepan[at]aud[dot]ac[dot]in
Pre-requisites: No prior knowledge assumed.
Digital Theatre is a practice based course that explores the boundaries of theatre making and design, focusing on contemporary ideas, innovations and experimentation. It will be looking into the recent history of theatre of scenography especially the kind of language that evolved in the era of digital culture, advance technologies and new media.
The aim of this course is to understand the language of new media theatre both in the terms of theoretical and practical implications. It allows the students to experiment with digital technology and live performance closely looking at how virtual space and real space overlap each other in the making of a visual narrative. Through a series of exercises, the process of producing performative texts using personal history and artistic material as source is taught to the students. Regarding self as the material, some notions of the self-being slowly to shift towards the concept of the subject. As opposed to the notion of the individual self with agency and control over itself, the term “subject” suggests an “I” that is simultaneously a subject to itself within its own experience. This is always subjected to forces both outside the self, such as social and environmental forces, and within itself, the works of the unconsciousness. For an empiricist and relativist age, an age which has come to consider value an evolving thing depending upon the changing individual and social requirements of the historical process. The perception of the self is “not autonomous, unified or stable, but rather an unfixed and fragmented product of various social and historical forces.” It is fundamental to the emergence of modernist aesthetics.
Brief description of modules/ Main modules:
Introduction to scenography
Understanding digital theatre
Virtual space in new media performances.
Politics of performance spaces
Rethinking space and place in 21st century performance
During the last four weeks of the course students will be devising a theatre performance based on a film directed by the course leader.
Assessment Details with weights:
Students will be assessed for their overall understanding of the course and their contribution towards performances, group discussions and knowledge sharing. Attending weekly lectures and presentations are vital and any absence may affect the grades.
*All students must participate in all course assessments to obtain a passing course grade.