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Title: Returning to Jamais Vu : towards an embodied theory and practice of the uncanny in the work of Anne Seagrave
Author: O'Sullivan, Elaine
ISNI:       0000 0004 5923 8582
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2014
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My thesis explores the movement-based performance work of artist Anne Seagrave analysing her practice through the theoretical lens of the uncanny. From the 1980s to the present, Seagrave has created short rhythmic performances that have an iterative, or a spectral quality. This is the first academic study devoted to her work, albeit it ghosted by my master's research. It takes an innovative approach by focusing on a single performance from Seagrave's oeuvre. The performance entitled Jamais Vu 'returns' in different guises or configurations over the course of the thesis to highlight the generative and the creative power of repetition. My research methodology pairs critical and creative writing with a practical strategy of performance re-enactment. Re-enactment has been primarily interpreted as a conservation strategy for time-based art. I consider the ways in which the strategy queers traditional historiographic methods, but also the ways in which it might function as a mode of production and reception of performance. In my critical analysis, I explore the relation between the uncanny and the spectral to propose an affective, or an embodied, mode of relating to the past.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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