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ERIC Number: EJ1138569
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1356-9783
Feeling for Meaning: The Making and Understanding of Image Theatre
Grant, David
Research in Drama Education, v22 n2 p186-201 2017
Using iconic images created by students in Belfast and Sarajevo of their respective cities, this paper will explore how emerging ideas in the field of cognitive science (e.g. Gallagher, S. 2005. "How the Body Shapes the Mind." Oxford: Clarendon Press) can help explain the making and understanding of Augusto Boal's "Image Theatre". There has been growing interest in the intersection between performance and cognitive science (McConachie, B., and H. E. Hart, eds. 2006. "Performance and Cognition: Theatre Studies after the Cognitive Turn." Routledge), particularly in terms of kinaesthetic empathy (Reynolds, D., and M. Reason, eds. 2012. "Kinaesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices." Intellect), which can enhance our understanding of the embodied practices associated with Augusto Boal's Image Theatre. This paper will analyse the ambiguities inherent in stage images of contested cities to explore how these may reveal unconscious insights into the image-makers' perception of their home environments. An image of Sarajevo, for instance, ostensibly about the Winter Olympics, prompts consideration of the city's internal divisions. An image of Belfast, ostensibly about the Titanic, suggests the limitations of the city's Peace Process. Taking Boal's idea that stage images should be "felt" rather than read, this article explores the fine line between feeling and meaning in the understanding of Image Theatre and suggests that alongside literacy and orality we now also need to include "imageracy", the ability to interpret and understand images, as a key competency for the modern world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Belfast); Bosnia and Herzegovina (Sarajevo)
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