Aesthetic Experience, Transitional Objects and the Third Space: The Fusion of Audience and Aesthetic Objects in the Performing Arts

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Title Aesthetic Experience, Transitional Objects and the Third Space: The Fusion of Audience and Aesthetic Objects in the Performing Arts
Author Woodward, Ian Stuart; Ellison, David Alex
Journal Name Thesis Eleven
Editor Beilharz, P., Hogan, T. Murphy, P.
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Abstract Aesthetic experience has been relativized and marginalized by recent social and cultural theory. As less attention has been paid to understanding the nature of aesthetic experience than mapping the distributed social correlates of tastes, its transformative potential and capacity to animate actors' imaginations and actions goes unexplored. In this paper we draw upon a large number of in-depth interviews with performing arts audiences around Australia to investigate the language and discourse used to describe aesthetic experiences. In particular, we begin with theorizations of the subject-object nexus within object-relations theory to consider the transformative potential of aesthetic experience. Using these literatures, and extending them to others within sociology of the arts and materiality, our focus is on the way aesthetic experience can fuse human subjects with aesthetic objects. We examine how viewers take an aesthetic object into themselves and in turn project themselves into the aesthetic object by various visual and imaginative techniques. Our theoretical and empirical analysis bears out the constructive and productive capacity of aesthetic experience.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Alternative URI http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0725513610381374
Volume 103
Issue Number 1
Page from 45
Page to 53
ISSN 0725-5136
Date Accessioned 2011-01-24
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Centre for Cultural Research
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Performing Arts and Creative Writing
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/37589
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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