Le statut du spectateur (spectatorship) dans le théâtre contemporain : évolutions, transformations, agentivité, affects, mémoire. - Université Bordeaux Montaigne

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Le statut du spectateur (spectatorship) dans le théâtre contemporain

Dans le cadre du séminaire de linguistique "Le corps du texte" organisé par l'équipe de recherche CLIMAS, l'université reçoit Marco Pustianaz (Université du Piémont Oriental, Italie) pour une conférence en anglais, jeudi 4 février à 15h30, salle Jean Borde de la MSHA.

Cette conférence portera sur le statut du spectateur (spectatorship) dans le théâtre contemporain : évolutions, transformations, agentivité, affects, mémoire.

My interest lies in the constitution of the “spectator” within live art, theatre and performance as a special form of subjectivation: a social body, an aggregate (agencement / assemblage), a temporary community, a feedback machine...
In how many ways can spectatorship be envisaged, defined, shaped, both theoretically and artistically? Emphasizing the importance of the spectator implies that a performative event is also inevitably a bio-political occurrence, a spatio-temporal fold where an affective charge creates its own archive. As Rancière argues in “Le spectateur émancipé” passivity can hardly be attributed to the spectator: this biased representation only masks the fear of what the spectator can, and will, do by “just watching”.
My argument, though, is that it is no less problematic to talk about its activity, or agency. In any case, it is an activity up for grabs. Especially today, the prevalence of participatory and relational strategies in contemporary art, therefore also in theatre and performance, means that spectatorship itself is more than ever contested, radically transformed, silently overcome by more inclusive and immersive configurations, and systems of connection. Can we speak of a contemporary twilight of the spectator, or are disappearance and volatility part and parcel of its political weight? How should we archive the spectator’s (our own) emergence, persistence, dissipation, and mutation? Spectatorship matters, yet it constantly eludes us. This is why we need a theory from the point of view of the spectator: an affective archive of spectatorship.

Contact : Jean-Rémi Lapaire (jean-remi.lapaire @ u-bordeaux-montaigne.fr)

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