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Time-sculptures of Terrifying Ambiguity: Staging Inner Space and Migrating Realities in Analogue's Living Film Set

Jarvis, Liam (2017) 'Time-sculptures of Terrifying Ambiguity: Staging Inner Space and Migrating Realities in Analogue's Living Film Set.' International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 13 (1). pp. 21-38. ISSN 1479-4713

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This article examines Analogue’s Living Film Set, an interactive theatre piece which uses miniature film sets, multi-touch surface technology and live video feeds to reframe my semi-remembered memories from the mid-1980s as a collective participatory experience. Drawing on new wave novelist J. G. Ballard’s notion of childhood memory as ‘time-sculptures of terrifying ambiguity’ [Ballard, J. G. 1963. “Time, Memory and Inner Space.” J. G. Ballard website (originally published in The Woman Journalist Magazine). Accessed August 6, 2015.], I will demonstrate how my childhood town of Shepperton has been overwritten in both Ballardian literary fiction and the incursion of cinematic artifice from the neighbouring activities of Shepperton Film Studios. I argue that the ambiguity of my recollections and the contamination of my lived history with ‘prosthetic memories’ [Landsberg, Alison. 2004. Prosthetic Memory: The Transformation of American Remembrance in the Age of Mass Culture. New York, NY: Columbia UP, 20–21.] has provided a creative space to re-enact the blended hyperreality of my early childhood through the work’s intermedial form. I will conclude by examining how the shifting reality status of the media used within the performance intersects with the notion of ‘time-sculptures’ and problematises what Carol Martin [(2013). Theatre of the Real. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.] has identified as ‘theatre of the real’.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Analogue; J. G. Ballard; Living Film Set; prosthetic memory; Shepperton Film Studios; theatre of the real
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities
Faculty of Humanities > Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2017 12:32
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:45

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