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Give Me Your Blessing For I go to a Foreign land: 2

posted on 2023-06-07, 19:33 authored by Tim HopkinsTim Hopkins
'Give me your blessing for I go to a foreign land' was a multiplatform research project with three discrete outcomes: 1) music theatre performance piece, 2) print publication integrated with web resources 3) web object. This multiplicity was a reflexive device, the different forms emphasising shared themes of translation, decontextualisation and migration. This abstract refers to item 2: a print publication and online resource The title comes from Stravinsky's Les Noces. The words are sung by a girl on the eve of marriage. She sees the wedding ritual as a state of transition preceding a voyage into the unknown. Research saw this image as a point of convergence. Stravinsky imported ethnic material into conscious modernity, depicting peasant rituals as violently coercive processes, referring to the wider technological transformation of his world, where the individual was effaced in favour of the many, the uniform, the mobile. Each platform related this complex historic experience of change to current transformatory conditions created by digital media, framing transitional encounters between art-forms. The chapter is an instance in printed form of an intermedial opera. A photographic sequence inside a textbook, depicting hand-drawn links to web-addresses, accenting the concept of de-contextualisation, encouraging readers to migrate from one technology (a book) to another (the web.) Copy and paste the URL below for access to a PDF containing 6 images. materials/Hopkins Item 1.2 documents.pdf


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Amsterdam University Press

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Mapping Intermediality in Performance



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  • Music Publications


Sole author of this particular chapter, within a larger publication (editors listed below.) My contribution involved writing text, creating 3-d visualisations as subjects for staged photographs, photography, and establishing online materials to which images referred.

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Chiel Kattenbelt, Sarah Bay-Cheng, Robin Nelson, Andy Lavender

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