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Taped in Front of a Live Audience: On Liveness and Temporality in Media and Performance
CHUM 308
Spring 2016 not offered
Crosslisting: FGSS 308, AMST 305

In this class students will explore how the temporality of audience plays into the production and reception of a given work of art or literature. Television sitcoms, replete with laugh tracks and theatrical living room stock sets, provide us with one framework for imagining the mythical question of the audience. Using the television phrase, "taped in front of a live audience," this class will explore the generative confluence of liveness and mediation that such a TV example suggests. We will ask, How might this simultaneity of media and liveness allow us to imagine multiple audiences and intentions for a given work of art, literature, performance, or film? Moving from older media's relationship to the live and performance, we will also explore the question of the live studio audience in terms of new media technologies and platforms. How might we understand the "live audience" of new media wherein virtual or digital media are often figured as timeless and permanent? This class will trace questions of liveness as they relate to audiences that are known, unknown, and inarticulated to explore the temporality of the audience in media and performance. Students will be introduced to a range of contemporary media and performance sites in which to ground our audience inquiries.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA CHUM
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)

Last Updated on APR-24-2024
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