10.4 On Technē



Issue editors: Richard Gough & Mick Wallis

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How might we use the idea of technē – as a practice of knowing by making manifest or bringing forth – to explore the practices and productivity of performance, theatre and dance, both now and historically? This issue of Performance Research explores performance as a practical means of making manifest such things as embodiment, creative process, the margins and flows between the human and non-human, the alienating striations of contemporary life, our practice of non-space, alterity, the elemental, noise and the aesthetic apparatus itself. It challenges the academy’s disregard of the knowledge, creativity, even existence of those who are ascribed ‘technical’ or ‘craft’ roles in the divisions of theatre and performance labour. And it explores the enfolded situation of the performance apparatus, mediating between techne¯ as human activity on one hand, and the human-crafted environment as both the object of technē and as our means to practical knowledge on the other.


Pods, Tubes, Plants, Motor Oil and Other Survival Machines: A syncourse with Claudia Bucher
Meiling Cheng
pp. 9 – 23
The Revelation of Technē: An anatomical theatre
Gianna Bouchard
pp. 24 – 32
Revealing Practices’: Heidegger’s techne interpreted through performance in responsive systems
Susan Kozel
pp. 33 – 44
Making Space, Marking Time: Stationhouse Opera’s Mare’s Nest
Richard Malcolm
pp. 45 – 57
The Means Whereby: My body encountering choreography via Trisha Brown’s Locus
Megan V. Nicely
pp. 58 – 69
Technē, Technology, Technician: The creativity of the craftsperson
Nick Hunt, Susan Melrose
pp. 70 – 82
A Handbook of Theatrical Devices [artist’s pages]
Ewan Forster, Christopher Heighes
pp. 83 – 96
The Nameless and the Named: Technē and technology in ancient Athenian performance
Graham Ley
pp. 97 – 104
The Theatre Soundscape and the End of Noise
Ross Brown
pp. 105 – 119
Elemental Spaces, Elemental Performances
Michael Levan
pp. 120 – 128
Projection and Transaction: The spatial operation of scenography
Joslin McKinney
pp. 129 – 137
A Dwelling in the Screen, At Least for a Little Time
Joanne ‘Bob’ Whalley, Lee Miller
pp. 138 – 147
Oblivion [artist’s pages]
Daniel Watt
pp. 148 – 154
Making Cruising Dwelling: Motion as shelter in the work of David Wojnarowicz
Melissa Jacques
pp. 155 – 169
Notes on Contributors
pp. 170 – 171

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