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InVertigo: An exploration of new methods of fusion between the mediated image and theatre narrative

O'Connell, Douglas and Morsh, Ragnhild A. (2004) InVertigo: An exploration of new methods of fusion between the mediated image and theatre narrative. [Performance]

Type of Research: Performance
Creators: O'Connell, Douglas and Morsh, Ragnhild A.

‘InVertigo’ set out to explore new methods of fusion between the mediated image and theatre narrative. This was achieved through experimentation using found sound, poetic text and projected media to construct ‘new’ narrative. The project had three main areas of focus:

1) The synergy in theatrical space between media, performer and audience;
2) The ways in which digital technology might be used to inform character and narrative without the use of spoken text;
3) A redefinition of theatre space through the use of movement, sound and media.

Developed as part of O’Connell’s ongoing research into the cognitive processes of visual stimuli in performance, by utilizing the concept that images trigger memory, images were projected into the performance space that were not necessarily scenographic, but instead would trigger a response through its association with the performer or the action on stage. Through this use of digital images, the viewer was expected to create their own personal narrative by stringing together a series of sense memories with performer action; in effect, making the piece of theatre less directive. While the application of technology is semi-controlled, how the viewer interacts and is influenced by the media is dependent on a multiple of factors such as space relationship, scale, subjectivity and focus choice.

The work was supported through a £5000 Research and Development Grant for Individual Artists from Arts Council England; a grant from the Canadian Embassy to employ Canadian writer, Lucy Simic; and additional funding was received from the Norwegian Embassy. Working with the director, Ragnhild A. Morsh, who acted primarily as a creative producer, O’Connell deconstructed the text with actors in order to devise a narrative arch that would be juxtaposed alongside the projected images. ‘InVertigo’ was featured as a Launchpad project at the Visions Festival in Brighton (29th October 2004).

Other Contributors:
Other (Writer)Simic, Lucy
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: RAE2008 UoA63, narrative, performance, space, theatre, audience, technology, memory, stimuli
Your affiliations with UAL: Other Affiliations > RAE 2008
Colleges > Wimbledon College of Arts
Date: 14 April 2004
Funders: Arts Council England, Canadian Embassy, Norwegian Embassy
Event Location: Broadway/Studio Theatre, Catford, London
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2009 21:36
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2011 11:10
Item ID: 1925
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1925

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