New issue of Maska: The Performing Arts Journal 31.179-180

Intellect is delighted to announce the new issue of Maska: The Performing Arts Journal 31.179-180 is now available. 

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Articles in this issue include (partial list):


Actor and Puppet on the Contemporary Stage

Authors: Didier Plassard

Page Start: 8


The article discusses the changes in puppetry that occurred mostly in the second half of the 20th century. It addresses the changes in organization that led from small family groups to institutionalized public institutions and follows the organizational example of ensembles of drama theatre institutions, as well as changes in the relationship between the animator and the puppet that allow the disillusioning emergence of the animator into the visual field of the viewer. The “manipulator” who is no longer hidden influences the change in the manner of narration, in the aesthetic and the political senses both; at the same time, the qualitative difference between the manipulator as a living, physical and human being and the puppet on the other side is suddenly revealed. The article concludes by addressing the ethical dimension in the puppet theatre as it stresses the understanding of the puppet as the face of the other whose life is the responsibility of the human being. The article carries out its instructive review and theses with the help of several illustrative examples.


‘Man’ as X-Foucault, Kant and their doublets

Authors: Stefan Apostolou-Hölscher

Page Start: 18


The concept of ‘man’ is introduced by Michel Foucault in the context of a discursive formation that, for him, emerges toward the end of the 18th century, following the epistemes of the Renaissance and Classical periods, which, by way of contrast, had foregrounded similarity and representation as ordering principles. Instead of a guaranteed correspondence between the subject and the object of thought, the modern era is concerned with the finitude of concrete ‘human beings’ in their relation to an abstract ‘humanity’, and asks under what conditions is a correlation of a subject with its objects possible in experience.


“Hello World”

Authors: Amit Drori

Page Start: 68


Israeli artist and theatre maker Amit Drori reflects on the creative process that led him to create robotic-based performances. This was not an organized plan but rather an artistic evolution that began during his studies at the School of Visual Theatre in Jerusalem, and developed in his work as a professional artist. Coming from a background of visual theatre and puppetry, Drori’s approach to robotics uses the knowledge and philosophy of puppetry and animation forms. Drori creates unique machines that are designed for emotional and poetic functionalities. “Hello world” follows the personal process of his artistic development, but also tries to discern the cultural roots and transformations of the accessibility of knowledge in the open source revolution.


Bubbling Boundless Creativity 

Authors: Mojca Redjko

Page Start: 154


The article focuses on the latest edition of a large puppet festival that has been taking place in Charleville-Mézières since 1961. The top names in world puppetry participate at the biennial festival, whose rich festival happenings and events move from the city’s numerous halls to its streets, squares and even private apartments. In 2015, the main part of the programme consisted of shows and events for adult audiences.

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