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Multivocal theatricalities: articulating data in composites, choruses, crowds

Multivocal theatricalities: articulating data in composites, choruses, crowds

Dunlop, Jane Frances ORCID: 0009-0000-4350-5381 (2023) Multivocal theatricalities: articulating data in composites, choruses, crowds. In: Articulating Data: Multivocal Theatricalities, 11th - 12th May, 2023, Inspace, University of Edinburgh.

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This paper will be an attempt to articulate preliminary ideas about voices, machines and knowledge systems that are the basis of my current artistic research. This performative paper will consider the articulation of data in how voices come together: from the potential of crowd as political voice through to the implications of voice as machinic composite. I use ‘composite’ as an imperfect descriptor of how real voices operate as premise for synthesised ones as this allows me to articulate a relationship between the more-than-human of political and musical multivocalities with those of the non-human voice. By tracing a line from embodied discourse through to disembodied articulation, this performative paper asks what kind of data a voice carries, what kind of data a voice is, and – most essentially – what can be heard the frictions of voices coming together? I will focus on how the voice as a ‘contingent, contextual, sonorous articulation’ (Cavarero, 2005 p.14) overlays with the voice as ‘articulation of the body and of discourse’ (Barthes, 1991 p.155), approaching this entanglement of body and discourse through a consideration of multivocal theatricality. Theatricality names the ways in which a performance - artistic, social, cultural or political - shows the terms and means of its construction (Burns, 1972; Carlson, 2002; Davis, 2003; Dunlop, forthcoming; Féral, 2013). Multivocality is a means for thinking about how the possibilities and potential of voices change as they are brought together (Butler, 2015; Cavarero, 2005; Dolar, 2006; Dunn and Jones, 1994; Meizel, 2020). This critical examination of the literal and metaphorical possibilities of "voices" both communicator of data as well as data themselves, examines different modes of multivocality to chart the entangled contradictions that public assemblies to deep fakes. By thinking a theory of multivocal theatricality through my own work, through theatre history and through contemporary political and artistic actions, I aim to articulate how these ideas provide a mode for understanding how data calcifies into signification.

Item Type: Conference or Conference Paper (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: theatricality; vocality; machine learning
Subjects: N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The Theater
Faculty / School / Research Centre / Research Group: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences > School of Design (DES)
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