On Stage (Book)

The theatrical dimension of video image

In On Stage, Mathilde Roman explores the resonances that fields of theatre – stage, décor, space, gaze and more  – have in the practice of video arts. Using these notions of theatre both as points of reference and as a prism through which video installation can be approached, Roman is able to concentrate on a number of questions often overlooked by art historians, theorists and critics, but offering different points of view. These include questions of exhibition architecture, display, viewer experience, temporality and the importance of the gaze. Each chapter is articulated around analyses of video installations created by artists of different generations, from Michael Snow to Maïder Fortuné, and Dan Graham to Laurent Grasso. With a preface by Mieke Bal, On Stage is an important contribution to the fields of art, history and film studies.

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In On Stage, Mathilde Roman explores the resonances that fields of theatre – stage, décor, space, gaze and more – have in the practice of video arts. Using these notions of theatre both as points of reference and as a prism through which video installation can be approached, Roman concentrates on questions often overlooked by art historians, theorists and critics. These include questions of exhibition architecture, display, viewer experience, temporality and the importance of the gaze. Each chapter is articulated around analyses of video installations created by artists, from Michael Snow to Maïder Fortuné, and Dan Graham to Laurent Grasso. With a preface by Mieke Bal, On Stage is an important contribution to the fields of art, history and film studies.

Mathilde Roman teaches at the Pavillon Bosio, Art and Scénographie, École Supérieure d’Arts Plastiques de la Ville de Monaco. She is also the author of On Stage.

Preface
Mieke Bal
 
Introduction

Chapter 1
A Stage for the Image: Occupying Space, Multiple Screens
 
Chapter 2
Inhabiting the Scene
 
Chapter 3
Theatres of Projection
 
Conclusion

'On Stage: The Theatrical Dimension of Video Image should be on every media artist's reading list.'

Romy Hosford, Afterimage
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