Dr Eirini Nedelkopoulou

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I completed my PhD at the University of Reading in 2010, where I was also a teaching and academic fellow for two years. In August 2011 I took up my position as Lecturer in Theatre at York St John University. My main research interest in technology, audience (dis)engagement and performance partially derives from my PhD thesis Mixed-media Theatre: A Phenomenological Exploration of Body/Technology Chiasm in Contemporary Greek Theatre, which focused on the reconfiguration of both body and space through technology in mixed-media environments. Other research interests include: performance phenomenology, interactive and participatory art, digital practices in performance, solitude and social engagement in contemporary art practice.

I co-edited and authored in the first edited collection devoted to the relationship and the tensions between performance and phenomenology (Performance and Phenomenology: Traditions and Transformations, Routledge, 2015), which has also come out as paperback (2017). I am commited to interdisciplinary research and the exploration of human experience through the symbiosis and the tensions between performance and technology. I am the co-editor of the special issues: ‘Encountering the Digital in Performance: Deployment | Engagement | Trace,’ (Contemporary Theatre Review October 2017) and ‘Hybridities: The intersections between Performance, Science and the Digital’, (International Journal of Performance Arts & Digital Media, October 2014).

Between 2011-2014 I was co-convenor of the Performance and New Technologies Working Group for TaPRA (Theatre and Performance Research Association). I am also a member of Performance Studies International (Psi), and International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR).

I am currently working on a monograph entitled In Solitude: The Philosophy of Digital Performance Encounters (forthcoming with Bloomsbury), which explores modes of solitude in contemporary art and performance practice. The book focuses on case studies of small and large-scale productions that offer opportunities to consider how our interactions with others create the worlds we perceive. Bringing human/technology interfaces to the foreground of this study, the book discusses the ways that contemporary performance engages with experience, perception, and with making sense as processes that are embodied, situated, and relational within digital and digitally informed milieux.

Further Information

Publications

Book:

Nedelkopoulou, Eirini. In Solitude: The Philosophy of Digital Performance Encounters, Bloomsbury (Thinking Through Theatre Series, in progress).

 

Edited Book:

Nedelkopoulou, Eirini, Maaike Bleeker and Jon Foley Sherman (eds). Phenomenology and Performance: Traditions and Transformations, London/New York: Routledge, 2015.

 

Guest-edited Special Issues of a Journal:

Nedelkopoulou, Eirini, Maria Chatzichristodoulou, Andy Lavender (eds.)

‘Encountering the Digital in Performance: Deployment | Engagement | Trace’ (Special Issue Contemporary Theatre Review 27:3).

Nedelkopoulou, Eirini and Mary Oliver (eds). The International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media: ‘Hybridities: The Intersections between Performance, Science and the Digital’, 10.2 (Taylor & Francis, October 2014), pp. 125-260.

 

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals:

Nedelkopoulou, Eirini. ‘The Act of Killing from Distance: When Drones Perform for Theatre Audiences’ (in progress)

Nedelkopoulou, Eirini. ‘Attention Please! In Quest of Performances of Intimacy in/through the Digital,’ Contemporary Theatre Review 27:3, pp.353-65, 2017.

Nedelkopoulou, Eirini, Maria Chatzichristodoulou, Andy Lavender, ‘Preamble - Encountering the Digital in Performance: Deployment/ Engagement/ Trace’, Contemporary Theatre Review, 27:3, pp. 309-11, 2017.

Nedelkopoulou, Eirini and Mary Oliver. ‘Editorial’ in The International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 10.2 (Taylor & Francis, October 2014), pp. 125-129.

Nedelkopoulou, Eirini, Eric Joris, Kurt Vanhoutte, Philippe Bekaert. ‘On the Border Between Performance, Science and the Digital: A Conversation’ in The International Journal of Performance Arts and Digital Media, 10.2 (Taylor & Francis, October 2014), pp. 246-254.

Nedelkopoulou, Eirini. ‘Participation as Ecstasis: Walking Out on Our Bodies’, Performance Research, 16.4 (Taylor & Francis, December 2011), pp. 117-123.

Nedelkopoulou, Eirini. ‘The Mediated Double Body: An Instance of Ab-sence and Alterity in Mixed-media Theatre’, Body, Space & Technology Journal, 9.1 (April 2010).

Nedelkopoulou, Eirini. ‘The Augmented Theatre in a Virtualised Society’, Performance Paradigm Journal, 4 (May 2008).

 

Chapters in Books:

Nedelkopoulou, Eirini. ‘Reconsidering Liveness in the Age of Digital Implication’, in Matthew Reason and Anja Lindelof (eds.) Experiencing Live: Liveness, Eventness, Nowness and the Arts (New York: Routledge, 2016), pp. 215-28.

Nedelkopoulou, Eirini. ‘The In-common of Phenomenology: Performing KMA’s Congregation’ in Maaike Bleeker, Jon Foley Sherman, Eirini Nedelkopoulou (eds.) Phenomenology and Performance: Traditions and Transformations (New York: Routledge, 2015), pp. 152-172.

Nedelkopoulou, Eirini, Maaike Bleeker, Jon Foley Sherman. ‘Introduction’ in Maaike Bleeker, Jon Foley Sherman, Eirini Nedelkopoulou (eds.) Phenomenology and Performance: Traditions and Transformations (New York: Routledge, 2015), pp. 1-19.

 

Book Reviews:

Nedelkopoulou, Eirini. ‘Political Cyberperformance: The Etheatre Project by Christina Papagiannouli’, New Theatre Quarterly, 33.4, pp.

405-405, 2017.

Nedelkopoulou, Eirini. ‘Multimedia: Video-Installation-Performance by Nick Kaye,’ Platform, 3.1 (Spring 2008), pp. 111-114.

Grants and Awards

Co-principal Investigator with Prof. Steve Purcell (YSJ), Yorkshire Innovation Fund, European Union, Research & Development Project, New Methods for Audience Engagement in Public Interactive Performance, £ 29,737 (October 2014- August 2015).

Principal Investigator, Yorkshire Innovation Fund, European Union, Small Innovation Project, in collaboration with Kit Monkman, Participation, Generosity and Intermedial Theatres, £4,445 (January-March 2014).

Travel Bursary Award by International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR July 2013 Conference), £500 (February 2013).

Curriculum Enhancement Projects Funding awarded for the Digital Practices, Remote Learning and Assessment Project (York St John University), £ 2,800 (March 2012).

Postgraduate Travel Bursary Award by TaPRA (University of Leeds), £150 (September 2008).

Conferences

Conference/Symposium Organisation:

(2018) ‘Stories of Solitude: Performance, Technology and Digital Overload’ Conference  (3 October), Mediale Festival, York, UK

(2015) ‘Public Engagement in Interactive and Participatory Art’ Symposium (7-9 May), York, UK.

(2013) ‘Becoming Nomad: Hybrid Spaces, Liquid Architectures and Online Domains’ (9-10 April 2013), York St John University, UK.

(2007) JAM (Journeys Across Media) ‘See – Hear – Feel: Perception & Engagement in Visual Media & Performance’, Postgraduate Interdisciplinary Conference, Department of Film, Theatre & Television, University of Reading, UK.

 

Invited Talks and Public Lectures:

(2015, May) ‘Play Matters: Dries Verhoeven’s (Anti)Social Encounters’, Utrecht Spring Festival.

(2015, January) ‘The Reverse of Community in Interactive Theatre’, Theatre Art and New Technologies Festival, Kyber Teatro, Cagliari.

(2014, December) ‘Participate or Else in UVA’s Rien à Cacher,Rien à Craindre’, The Research Centre for Visual Poetics, University of Antwerp

 

 Selected Conference Papers:

(2018, July) ‘Together in Solitude: A Reflection’, International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), Theatre and Migration, University of Belgrade, Serbia.

(2017, September) ‘Attention Economy and Contemporary Performance’, Digital Research in the Humanities and the Arts (DRHA), dataAche, University of Plymouth, UK.

(2017, June) ‘Economising Audience Attention in Device-enabled Performance Encounters’, Performance Studies Intentional (PSI), Overflow, University of Hamburg, Germany.

(2017, February) ‘Audiences in Solitude: Performing On-line and in Public,’ ‘You, The Audience,’ The Royal Theatre Exchange, Manchester, UK.

(2016, June) ‘From Live Broadcasts to Networked Theatres’, International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), Presenting the Theatrical Past. Interplays of Artefacts, Discourses and Practices, Stockholm University, Sweden.

(2015, April) ‘Ambient Sociability in Intermedial Performance Practice’, Play / Perform / Participate - Intermedial Intersections, ISIS 2015, Utrecht University, The Netherlands.

(2014, July) ‘Participate or Else…: A Story or Two About Ubiquitous Intermedial Practice’, International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), Theatre & Stratification, Warwick University, UK.

(2014, May) ‘Performing Participation into the Open Air – KMA’s Congregation, IFTR interim, Politics and Spectatorship, Onassis Culture Centre, Athens, Greece.

(2013, July) ‘Re-routing Intermedial Participation: (Anti) Social Generosity in Six Acts’, International Federation for Theatre Research (IFTR), Re-Routing Performance Conference, Institut del Teatre, Barcelona, Spain.

(2012, September) ‘Live Plus?: Cross-Disciplinary Reflections on (the Impact of New Technologies on) Temporality and Performance in Spectatorship’, co-presented with Dr. Simone Knox, Theatre and Performance Research Association (TaPRA) Conference, University of Kent, UK.

(2012, May) ‘The Phenomenology of Audience Interaction in Digital Media Arts’, Ends of Audience: Interdisciplinary Workshop on Audiences and Interaction, Queen Mary University of London, UK.

(2011, August) ‘Philosophy and Modes of Embodiment in Performance Studies: Phenomenology and Performance’, Annual Conference of The Society for European Philosophy & The Forum for European Philosophy, York St John, UK

(2011, January) ‘From Screen to Stage: New Technologies in Contemporary Greek Theatre’, 20 Years of Theatre Studies at the University of Athens, University of Athens, Greece.

(2010, September) ‘What the Eyes Cannot See: Visceral Experiences in Theatre’, Digital Resources for the Humanities and Arts (DRHA 2010) ‘Sensual Technologies: Collaborative Practices of Interdisciplinarity’, Brunel University, London, UK.

(2010, May) ‘The Live and the Mediated: Chiasmic Subjectivities in Mixed-media Environments’, (Re) Performing the Posthuman Conference, University of Sussex, Brighton, UK.

 

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