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Theatre of Animated Forms

Maska - Performing Arts Journal, nos.  179–180  (Autum 2016)

 

EDITORIAL 

The journal in front of you is both Maska – The Performing Arts Journal and The Journal for Puppetry Arts and Theatre of Animated Forms – Lutka, and it is dedicated exclusively to animation in contemporary theatre, both in the its broad range of authorial writings and writings about animation. It is the result of the first comprehensive collaboration between these two longstanding Slovenian theatre journals (Maska was founded in 1920, and Lutka in 1966). 

Initially, at the time of its conception and editing, this issue was rather immodestly called a “collection”, and this description probably comes closest to the result in front of you. The special joint edition of Maska and Lutka is largely a result of the 12th iteration of the educational programme The Seminar of Contemporary Performing Arts, which took place during the 2014/2015 academic year and which was conceived and carried out in a collaboration between Maska Institute and Ljubljana Puppet Theatre, and it was dedicated to the art of animated forms in the context of contemporary art. 

The seminar, designed for writers, artists, producers, curators and the actively interested general audience of performing arts, offered a model of (self-)education in/through which art practice became intertwined with theory. We encouraged discourses, questions, opinions and thoughts of artists in dialogue with the theorists and spectators of contemporary artistic practices. We tried to think animated forms at the various intersections of cultural, social and aesthetic currents, with the aim of improving the capacities of our analytical and critical thinking for understanding the sources and references of the processes, strategies and tactics that contemporary artists use in their works, be it thoughtfully or completely spontaneously, in order to achieve certain effects or problematise certain topics; in a creative atmosphere, we rehearsed old and invented new possible forms for reflection on performing arts. 

Bearing in mind that puppet theatre, in general, is one of the most interesting starting points for thinking about the relation between the human and objects, between the animate and the inanimate, we focused on four topics that performing arts have been dealing with in one way or another throughout their entire respective histories: the body, the object, public space and technology. We explored them through lectures and discussions, watching reference performances or their recordings, reading closely important theoretical, historical and critical texts, and attending artistic events related to the chosen topics. Our work was inter- and transdisciplinary, and it was steered by select local and international theorists, curators and artists. 

At the same time, we were granted permission to publish four selected contributions (by Martina Ruhsam, Aline Wiame, Daniel Blanga-Gubbay and Stefan Apostolou-Hölscher), which were initially written for the international conference Does It Matter? Composite Bodies and Posthuman

Prototypes, which took place in March 2015 at Ghent University, for which we are particularly

grateful to Christel Stalpaert, Kristof van Baarle, Laura Karreman and Pieter Vermeulen from Ghent University’s research centre of Studies in Performing Arts & Media (S:PAM).

 

Amelia Kraigher, editor-in-chief of Maska, and Ajda Rooss, editor-in-chief of Lutka

Translated by Polona Petek

 

Content

Didier Plassard
ACTOR AND PUPPET ON THE CONTEMPORARY STAGE 

Stefan Apostolou-Holscher
''MAN'' AS X – FOUCAULT, KANT, AND THEIR DOUBLETS

Daniel Blanga-Gubbay
AS A CLOUD SHAPED BY THE WINDS 

Renaud Herbin
BETWEEN THE BODY, THE OBJECT AND THE IMAGE: DANCE AND THE VISUAL ARTS IN PUPPET ART 

Martina Ruhsam
THE COMEBACK OF OBJECTS

Aline Wiame
DELEUZE'S ''PUPPETRY'' AND THE ETHICS OF NON-HUMAN COMPOSITIONS

Amit Drori
''HELLO WORLD'' 

Anna Ivanova-Brashinskaya
THE AXE-FILES 

Peter Kus
SOUND ANIMATION, OR, ON THE SINGING STONE

Tea Kovše
THE TRIUMPH OF THE PUPPET: THE VICTORY OF DEATH IS A BLOW TO LIFE

Martina Maurič Lazar
SLOVENIAN PUPPET BASE JUMPING 

Vesna Teržan
THE MUSEUM OF PUPPETRY AT LJUBLJANA CASTLE

Nenad Jelesijević
PUPPET BODIES (TRANS-SITUATION) 

Mojca Redjko
BUBBLING BOUNDLESS CREATIVITY 

Peter Gerderloos
THE ''TERRORISM'' OF PUPPETS

Maska 179–180
AUTUMN 2016 

Lutka 59
2016 

MASKA
Performing Arts Journal
Since 1920
vol. XXXI, nos. 179–180
(Autumn 2016)

ISSN 1318-0509

Published by: Maska, Institute for Publishing, Production and Education |
Metelkova 6, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia | Phone: +386 1 4313122 | Fax: +386 1 4313122 | E-mail: info@maska.si | www.maska.si | For the publisher: Janez Janša
Editor-in-chief: Amelia Kraigher | Editorial Board: Nika Arhar, Pia Brezavšček, Janez Janša, dr. Nikolai Jeffs, dr. Nenad Jelesijević, dr. Andreja Kopač, dr. Bojana Kunst, Nika Leskovšek, Gašper Malej, Rok Vevar | International Advisory Board: dr. Daniela Hahn, dr. Stefan Apostolou-Hölscher, dr. Thomas Irmer, Katarina Pejović, mag. Martina Ruhsam, André Schallenberg

Design and Layout: Ajdin Bašić, Iztok Kham | Slovene Language Editors: Tatjana Capuder, Živa Čebulj, Amelia Kraigher, Gašper Malej | English Language Editor: Eric DeanScott | Print: Cicero | Copies: 600

Price of double issue (international): 10 € | Price of triple issue (international): 12 € | Price of quadruple issue (international): 15 € | Annual international subscription for six (6) nos.: Individual rate for Europe 67 €, Individual rate, Rest of World 77 € (distributed by Maska Ljubljana). International institutional rate: print and online subscription 195 € / 136 L / 226 $, online only 136 € / 105 L / 175 $ (distributed by Intellect Ltd. and Turpin Distribution, UK) | Package and postage included. | Business secretary: Polona Calderera | Subscription and distribution for individuals from Europe and Rest of World: polona.calderera@ maska.si | Account number: 02010-00165250861 | Maska is available in both print and electronic formats through Turpin Distribution, Pegasus Drive, Stratton Business Park, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 8TQ, UK; T: +1 860 350 0031 (North America), +44 (0) 1767 604 951, F: +44 (0)1767 601640 (Institutional EU and Rest of World orders, except Slovenia and North America); E: custserv@turpin-distribution.com, W: www.turpin-distribution.com. Although we have tried our best to track down copyright holders of photos and other visual materials, we have not always succeeded. The authors are kindly asked to contact the editorial board.

Maska was founded in 1920 by the Ljubljana sub-committee of the Association of Theatre Players of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenes (Udruženje gledaliških igralcev Kraljevine SHS). In 1985, the Association of Cultural Organisations of Slovenia (Zveza kulturnih organizacij Slovenije) revived this publication under the title of Maske. In 1991, its original name was restored and its co-founder – Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis – reinstated.

Chief and/or executive editors thus far: Rade Pregarc (1920–21), Peter Božič & Tone Peršak (1985–90), Maja Breznik (1991–93), Irena Štaudohar (1993–98), Janez Janša (1998–2006), Katja Praznik (2007–2009) & Maja Murnik (2011).

According to Article 25, Item 7 of the Value Added Tax Act, newspapers are taxed at the rate of 9.5%.

The journal is supported by the Slovenian Book Agency.

 

LUTKA
Journal on Puppetry Arts and Theatre of Animated Forms
Since 1966
no. 59 (2016)

ISSN 0350-9303

Published by: Ljubljana Puppet Theatre (in collaboration with UNIMA Slovenia and the Puppetry Artists Institution of Slovenia) | Krekov trg 2, SI-1000 Ljubljana | Phone: +386 1 3000 970 | E-mail: info@lgl.si, lutka@lgl.si | www.lgl.si | www.twitter.com/lutkovno | www.facebook.com/LutkovnoGledalisceLjubljana | For the Publisher: Uroš Korenčan

Editor-in-Chief: Ajda Rooss | Editorial Board: Amelia Kraigher, Edi Majaron, Barbara Orel, Jelena Sitar Cvetko | International Advisory Board: Ulla Dengsoe, Livija Kroflin, Marek Waszkiel | Logo: Jernej Stritar

The journal Lutka (Puppet) was founded by the Association of Cultural Organisations (today Public Fund for the Cultural Activities of the Republic of Slovenia) and published at different intervals (1966–1970, 1973–1981, 1985–1988, 1991–1996, 1998–2000) until 2000 (no. 57). Lutka’s last issues were published by the Cultural-Artistic Society Klemenčič’s Days. In 2013 (no. 58), the journal Lutka began appearing again and it is published by the Puppet Theatre Ljubljana.

The Ljubljana Puppet Theatre has been co-financed by The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana.

Photo on the cover: Kate McIntosh, Worktable, 2011. Photo: Kate McIntosh.