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Digital Performance: A History of New Media in Theater, Dance, Performance Art, and Installation (Leonardo Book Series)

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ISBN-13: 978-0262042352
ISBN-10: 0262042355
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A lively and contentious introduction to the history, theory, and practice of digital media in performance. Dixon's book provides the solid grounding this ongoing discussion so urgently needs.

(Philip Auslander, School of Literature, Communication, and Culture, Georgia Institute of Technology)

Like the performance art of which it represents such a brilliant history, Digital Performance is itself literally that -- not only a superb history of new media but a field-defining performance of the trace of the digital in theater, dance, and installation. To read this book is to enter deeply into the creative artistic imagination which codes so much of contemporary digital experience.

(Arthur Kroker, Canada Research Chair in Theory, Technology, and Culture, University of Victoria, Canada)

There is a fine irony in the very 'bookness' of this vast and startling work. As book, what Steve Dixon has set out to produce here is stunning, monstrous in its dimensions -- virtually impossible. If you have any interest at all in recent histories of performance, this is precisely why you need to get hold of it.

(Susan Melrose, Professor in Performance Arts, Middlesex University, UK)

About the Author

Steve Dixon is President of LASALLE College of the Arts, Singapore.

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Product Details

  • Series: Leonardo Book Series
  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: The MIT Press (February 23, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0262042355
  • ISBN-13: 978-0262042352
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,068,037 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This detailed book goes through the history of digital performance until about the 1990's. It has been very useful for my thesis research which focused in dance and digital media. Sometimes I found the organization a bit difficult for my area of focus, but I liked the way the chapters were grouped regardless. The tissue-thin pages were filled with well-documented and organized data. A good book to have in your library if you research this particular field. Not for light reading (unless you are Hermione Granger).
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Todo a sido perfecto. Ha llegado antes de lo previsto y en perfectas condiciones. No tengo ninguna queja, muy al contrario.
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By Tim on February 24, 2015
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Good for anyone who is into digital art research and stuff.
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Key document in the development of the debate around Performance and its position within contemporary art. Dixon traces and links the historical and contemporary understandings of Performance introducing significant contemporary work where Performance's digital context is asserted. It is not simply digital dance.
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