Performance and Media, Taxonomies for a changing field

Performance and Media Taxonomies for a Changing Field by Sarah Bay-Cheng, Jennifer Parker-Starbuck, and David Saltz

An innovative approach for explicating and mapping work at the media and performance nexus


This timely collaboration by three prominent scholars of media-based performance presents a new model for understanding and analyzing theater and performance created and experienced where time-based, live events, and mediated technologies converge–particularly those works conceived and performed explicitly within the context of contemporary digital culture.
Performance and Media introduces readers to the complexity of new media-based performances and how best to understand and contextualize the work. Each author presents a different model for how best to approach this work, while inviting readers to develop their own critical frameworks, i.e., taxonomies, to analyze both past and emerging performances. Performance and Media capitalizes on the advantages of digital media and online collaborations, while simultaneously creating a responsive and integrated resource for research, scholarship, and teaching. Unlike other monographs or edited collections, this book presents the concept of multiple taxonomies as a model for criticism in a dynamic and rapidly changing field.
“By drawing distinctions, differences, limits, and oppositions, by naming them with terms that already have a context, history, set of cultural associations, and meanings, the authors ‘create’ the board on which others can play. Bay-Cheng, Parker-Starbuck, and Saltz offer maps for the field (understood as a metaphorical territory) that will allow others to perform operations—creative and/or analytical—that may not have been possible otherwise.”
— Lance Gharavi, Arizona State University
Photo: Scene from The Builders Association multimedia theater project, Continuous City,Summer 2008.  Photo by James Gibbs.
Sarah Bay-Cheng is Professor of Theatre and Dance at Bowdoin College
Jennifer Parker-Starbuck is Professor of Theatre and Performance Studies at the University of Roehampton, London.
David Z. Saltz is Associate Professor of Theatre and Film Studies at the University of Georgia.