Animating tangible futures: Returning (again) to Battleship Island

Lavery, C. (2019) Animating tangible futures: Returning (again) to Battleship Island. Performance Research, 24(6), pp. 29-37. (doi:10.1080/13528165.2019.1686591)

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Borrowing from Isabelle Stengers’s calls to ‘reclaim animism’ in practices that inherent to Western modernity and not racially equated with the supposedly regressive modalities of primitive thought, this essay seeks to investigate what an ecologically inflected model of ‘animated’ criticism might entail. It does so by engaging with Lee Hassall’s film Return to Battleship Island, a work that focuses on the ruins of Hashima Island in Japan. The aim of the text is to highlight how artworks are able to produce an (in)tangible or virtual space where perception is exposed to the touch of the world and implicated in its becoming. A chain is set up, in other words, where the world impacts on the artist who, in turn, fashions a space – an artwork – whereby that impact is expressed and translated in and for a spectator.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Lavery, Professor Carl
Authors: Lavery, C.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Performance Research
Publisher:Taylor and Francis
ISSN (Online):1469-9990
Published Online:28 November 2019
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2019 The Author
First Published:First published in Performance Research 24(6): 29-37
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
168272The Future of Ruins: Reclaiming Abandonment and Toxicity on Hashima IslandDeborah DixonArts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/K005308/1GES - Human Geography