22.10.08

phrase-"people peeping through see not only what's on the other side but their own image too"

In Schechner's essay, "News Sex and Performance Theory" we are presented with the aspect of performance theory that I was already familiar with before this class. In my Communication and Culture classes we have been heavily introduced to the ideas of performance existing as a social function. When Schechner states that "people peeping through see not only what's on the other side but their own image too" (296), he means to say that we act in accordance with how we see ourselves in a given enviornment. We act different in different situations and dictate our own behaviour based off the behaviour of others. Within social interactions there is no "a priori truth" to our personalities. We are not consistant with how we present ourselves. This can be applied to how art (the apparatus) presents itself to society. Art's appearence and content is based off of the current conext of society. Art looks at the way things are in society and adjusts itself to fit those bounds.

2 comments:

Cardinal said...

Andrew--is it my imagination, or is there a certain resistance here to performance theory as a C&C ideology? It's the work "heavily" that pops out at me. I would be interested to hear what you see as the deficiencies/limitations of Schechner's theory, particularly with regard to their canonicity in your own field(s) of expertise.

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