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Mon 7 November 2011

Matthew Reason - Experiencing Art

Arts Education Semester 2, 2011 Colloquium Series

Embracing variously phenomenology, audience research, flux events and participatory enquiry this presentation explores what is meant by the experience of art. It considers the immediate, sensorial experience; the longer experience that resonates in our lasting imagination; the anticipatory experience; the latent and manifest experiences; the engaged experience and the dissatisfied non-experience.

The presentation draws on research that Matthew has conducted with both adult and young audiences to dance and theatre performances utilising a range of methodologies – including drawing, creative writing, participatory enquiry, diaries, focus groups and interviews – and reflects on how this has informed and problematised his understanding of what he was trying to research in the first place.

Matthew Reason is a Senior Lecturer in Theatre and Head of Programme for MA Studies in Creative Practice at York St John University. His research explores themes relating to audiences and the experience of art and theatre, theatre for young audiences, cultural policy, liveness, performance documentation and reflective practice in theatre pedagogy. Publications include Documentation, Disappearance and the Representation of Live Performance (Palgrave 2006) and The Young Audience: Exploring and Enhancing Children’s Experiences of Theatre (Trentham 2010). He has recently completed working on a major three year AHRC funded project titled ‘Watching Dance: Kinesthetic Empathy’. This project explored dance audiences through the use of neuroscience and qualitative audience research and is a collaboration between the universities of Manchester, York St John, Glasgow and Imperial College London. An edited volume (with Dee Reynolds) on Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices will be published by Intellect in December 2011.

Monday, 7th November, 2011
5.15 – 6.45 pm

Frank Tate Room, Level 9, 100 Leicester Street, Carlton

Dr Richard Sallis / 83448799 /
Ms Jennifer Stevens-Ballenger / 83448368 /

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