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Towards a CogScenography: Cognitive science, scenographic reception and processes

Penna, Christina (2017) Towards a CogScenography: Cognitive science, scenographic reception and processes. PhD thesis, University of Leeds.

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Abstract

This thesis argues that post-cognitivist frameworks that understand cognition as co-originating between brain, body, and world can contribute to both the production and the knowledge of scenography in a post-representational performance landscape. By imbricating radically embodied and enactive cognitive frameworks, and neuroscience metaphors of consciousness and perception within original participatory scenographic practice (Work Space I, II, and III) I develop further my ‘arts praxis’ (Nelson 2006), what I call the ‘scenographic contraption’. This practical, conceptual, and analytical framework generates participatory encounters between materials, space, and audiences, and is further used as a way of conceptualising scenography and participation within these shifting encounters. I assume three phases of the creative researcher’s condition in relation to the audience–participants, and the cognitive theories I am using for my research design: the ‘ignorant’, the ‘Janus-faced’ and the ‘predictive’ scenographer. I iterate between doing and thinking with contemporary cognitive frameworks towards the development of a theory of CogScenography, which helps us understand and experience scenography as a synergic way of doing-thinking-co-experiencing.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
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Additional Information: This thesis is submitted in conjunction with supporting practice-based material on USB.
Keywords: scenography, participatory performance, contraptions, audience experience, cognition, consciousness, neuroscience, 4Es cognition
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Cultures (Leeds) > Performance and Cultural Industries (Leeds)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.745520
Depositing User: Ms Christina Penna
Date Deposited: 22 Jun 2018 10:30
Last Modified: 15 Oct 2018 13:21
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/20624

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