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Theatre and the politics of engagement
Author: Simon Parry

This book is about science in theatre and performance. It explores how theatre and performance engage with emerging scientific themes from artificial intelligence to genetics and climate change. The book covers a wide range of performance forms from the spectacle of the Paralympics Opening Ceremony to Broadway musicals, from experimental contemporary performance and opera to educational theatre, Somali poetic drama and grime videos. It features work by pioneering companies including Gob Squad, Headlong Theatre and Theatre of Debate as well as offering fresh analysis of global blockbusters such as Wicked and Urinetown. The book offers detailed description and analysis of theatre and performance practices as well as broader commentary on the politics of theatre as public engagement with science. It documents important examples of collaborative practice with extended discussion of the Theatre of Debate process developed by Y Touring theatre company, exploration of bilingual theatre-making in East London and an account of how grime MCs and dermatologists ended up making a film together in Birmingham. The interdisciplinary approach draws on contemporary research in theatre and performance studies in combination with key ideas from science studies. It shows how theatre can offer important perspectives on what the philosopher of science Isabelle Stengers has called ‘cosmopolitics’. The book argues that theatre can flatten knowledge hierarchies and hold together different ways of knowing.

The ambivalence of queer visibility in audio- visual archives
Dagmar Brunow

exposure which can turn into agency. These examples show that minor archivists are highly reflective when navigating the ambivalence of queer visibility. Queer minor archives are also able to engage with their respective communities when trying to find solutions for archival challenges. FRAMING The shift from analogue footage to digital data requires new contextualisations when curating online access. Titles, descriptions, search filters and suggestions for ‘related content’ provide a framework for the reception of the films. One of the earliest lesbian self

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Gob Squad, a funny robot and dancing scientists
Simon Parry

things really work, any more than it was an attempt to deceive the audience by theatrical illusion. Hild interrupted any attempt to overmine Myon by presenting it, however theatrically, as divine. Patten interrupted Hild’s equally theatrical attempts to undermine Myon through science communication. We were caught in an epistemological stalemate and it felt funny. In media production, the technology for turning human bodily motion into digital data is known as motion capture. Typically, in film, TV or Laughing at science in the theatre 51 video game production

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