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Title Circus, science and technology : dramatising innovation / Anna-Sophie Jürgens, editor
Published Cham : Palgrave Macmillan, 2020


Description 1 online resource
Series Palgrave studies in performance and technology
Palgrave studies in performance and technology.
Contents Intro -- Foreword -- Acknowledgments -- Praise for Circus, Science and Technology -- Contents -- Notes on Contributors -- List of Figures -- 1 Circus Matters: Engineering, Imagineering and Popular Stages of Technology-Introduction -- Engineering and Imagineering -- Exploring Popular Spectacle: Circus, Science and Technology -- Circus Matters-The Bottom Line -- References -- Part I Engineered to Promote Awe: Circus (and) Bodies -- 2 Engineers of Curiosity: The Barnum Era -- Disturbing the Order of Things -- Reanimation at the Museum -- Triumph and Catastrophe -- Spectacle and Spectators
Rebounding Kangaroo Fear -- Conclusion -- References -- Part III Techno-Imaginaries: Imagineering Circus in Other Media -- 7 The Circus and the Magic Lantern: A Portfolio of Hand-Painted Mechanical Magic Lantern Slides -- Portfolio of Magic Lantern Slides4 -- References -- 8 The Circus and Technologies of Animation -- Animated Representations of Circus -- 'See an Elephant Fly'-Extending the Limits of Physical Reality -- Magic and Mechanics-'Proto-Cinema', Lightning Cartoons and Comic Performance -- Circus and the Tradition of Lightning Cartoons -- Making a Show: The Animator as Ringmaster
Circus Clowns in Early Animation -- Animation as a Means to Enact and Produce Wonder and Spectacle -- Sleight-of-Hand: Conclusion on Circus and Cinematic Animation -- References -- 9 Engineering Circus Enchantment: Automagic Technology and Electrifying Performances in Fiction -- Engineering Illusion and Immersion: Circus, Magic and Virtual Reality -- Engineered Back to Life: Electricity and Popular Performance in Fiction -- Popular Electricity -- Case Study 1-Electrifying Circus Machinations: Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury
Summary This book explores the circus as a site in and through which science and technology are represented in popular culture. Across eight chapters written by leading scholars - from fields as varied as performance and circus studies, art, media and cultural history, and engineering - the book discusses to what extent the engineering of circus and performing bodies can be understood as a strategy to promote awe, how technological inventions have shaped circus and the cultures it helps constitute, and how much of a mutual shaping this is. What kind of cultural and aesthetic effects does engineering in circus contexts achieve? How do technological inventions and innovations impact on the circus? How does the link between circus and technology manifest in representations and interpretations - imaginaries - of the circus in other media and popular culture? Circus, Science and Technology examines the ways circus can provide a versatile frame for interpreting our relationship with technology
Notes Includes index
Bibliography References-3 Unreal Limbs: Erin Ball and the Extended Body in Contemporary Circus-Contesting the Normate in Contemporary Circus-Re-Imagineering the Adaptive Body for Circus Performance-Unreal Limbs and the Extended Body of the Athlete and Performer-Unreal Prosthetics and the Extended Body in Contemporary Circus-References-Part II Technological Invention: Engineering (on) the Circus Stage-4 Circus as Laboratory: Imagineering Legitimacy-Literature and Terminology-Touring-Circus Accommodation and Lighting-The Bush-Delivering Novelty
Subject Circus.
Science in popular culture.
Technology in popular culture.
circuses (performances)
Theatre studies.
Dance & other performing arts.
Theatre: technical & background skills.
Performing Arts -- Theater -- History & Criticism.
Performing Arts -- Theater -- General.
Performing Arts -- General.
Performing Arts -- Theater -- Stagecraft.
Science in popular culture
Technology in popular culture
Form Electronic book
Author Jürgens, Anna-Sophie.
ISBN 9783030432980