SAM Seminar: Remediations of Literary Modernism: Heiner Goebbels

When:21 Feb 2017, 5pm - 6:30pm
Venue:Cinema 327, Robert Webster Building
Who:Corey Wakeling, Kobe College
SAM Seminar

Experimental theatre maker and composer, Heiner Goebbels, remediates literary modernism to engage in an important confrontation with the cultural inheritance of avant-garde theatre. Redistributing German Romanticist Adalbert Stifter’s radical pastoralism or Stein’s lassez-faire attitude to nuclear catastrophe, Goebbels’ acclaimed contemporary theatre works return us to compositional problems inherited from modernism left in the wake of Artaudian rejections of the literary.

In this presentation, I want to suggest that iterations of a multifocal, collectively autonomous avant-garde theatre can be achieved through the radical remediation of literary modernism as much as by rejecting literary modernism’s inheritance.

Goebbels’ works demonstrate this, with Black on White (1996), Hashirigaki (2000), and When the Mountain Changed Its Clothing (2012) being key examples utilizing intermedial compositional techniques coordinating modernist syntaxes in collaboration with new media technologies. By staging a renegotiated modernist literary past, Goebbels develops a compositional approach to performance displacing the authority of literary capital and galvanizing the possibility of a collective event of theatre.

Corey Wakeling is Lecturer in Drama at Kobe College, receiving a PhD in English and Theatre Studies from the University of Melbourne in 2013. He has published essays in journals such as TDR: The Drama Review, Performance Research, Westerly, Cordite Poetry Review, Plumwood Mountain, and Fusion Journal. His current research involves renegotiating spectatorial and readerly phenomenologies in contemporary performance and contemporary poetry.

SAM Seminar Series

This series provides a showcase and forum for local as well as international scholars, researchers, industry practitioners and creative artists – ranging from early-career to well-established – to present on their work. 

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Robert Webster Building is located mid-way off the UNSW main walkway. Map Reference G14. Cinema 327 is located on the third floor. 

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