The experience and perception of duration in three contemporary performances

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620372
Title:
The experience and perception of duration in three contemporary performances
Authors:
Layton, James R.
Abstract:
I argue in this thesis that qualitative duration (viewed in opposition to the construct of quantitative clock-time) can be experienced through performance encounters that challenge smooth consumption. In a socially accelerated culture, where to do more in less time is the measure of a productive life, one’s connection with the ‘real’ time of duration is diminished. To challenge this premise, I have used an autoethnographic approach to explore an experience of duration conceived via the work of French philosopher Henri Bergson, who posits that “pure duration [is that which] excludes all idea of juxtaposition, reciprocal externality, and extension” (Bergson, 1903/1999, p. 26). In other words, Bergson asserts that duration defies quantitative measurement. I argue that the Bergsonian experience of duration offers a pause from social acceleration and effects a transformation for the spectator in the form of peak-experience, flow, and communitas.
Advisors:
Waite, Julian; Harrop, Peter
Citation:
Layton, J. R. (2016). The experience and perception of duration in three contemporary performances. (Doctoral dissertation). University of Chester, United Kingdom.
Publisher:
University of Chester
Publication Date:
Apr-2016
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10034/620372
Type:
Thesis or dissertation
Language:
en
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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.advisorWaite, Julianen
dc.contributor.advisorHarrop, Peteren
dc.contributor.authorLayton, James R.en
dc.date.accessioned2017-02-13T11:43:54Z-
dc.date.available2017-02-13T11:43:54Z-
dc.date.issued2016-04-
dc.identifier.citationLayton, J. R. (2016). The experience and perception of duration in three contemporary performances. (Doctoral dissertation). University of Chester, United Kingdom.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10034/620372-
dc.description.abstractI argue in this thesis that qualitative duration (viewed in opposition to the construct of quantitative clock-time) can be experienced through performance encounters that challenge smooth consumption. In a socially accelerated culture, where to do more in less time is the measure of a productive life, one’s connection with the ‘real’ time of duration is diminished. To challenge this premise, I have used an autoethnographic approach to explore an experience of duration conceived via the work of French philosopher Henri Bergson, who posits that “pure duration [is that which] excludes all idea of juxtaposition, reciprocal externality, and extension” (Bergson, 1903/1999, p. 26). In other words, Bergson asserts that duration defies quantitative measurement. I argue that the Bergsonian experience of duration offers a pause from social acceleration and effects a transformation for the spectator in the form of peak-experience, flow, and communitas.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherUniversity of Chesteren
dc.rights.urihttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/*
dc.subjectPerformanceen
dc.subjectExperience of timeen
dc.subjectPerception of timeen
dc.titleThe experience and perception of duration in three contemporary performancesen
dc.typeThesis or dissertationen
dc.rights.embargodate2017-06-15-
dc.type.qualificationnamePhDen
dc.type.qualificationlevelDoctoralen
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