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Theatrical Latency: Walking Katrina Palmer’s The Loss Adjusters

Allen, Richard (2016) Theatrical Latency: Walking Katrina Palmer’s The Loss Adjusters. Theatre and Performance Design, 2 (3-4). pp. 266-278. ISSN Print: 2332-2551 Online: 2332-2578

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In this article I introduce the term ‘theatrical latency’ as a pleasurable effect experienced when listening to sound in relation to visual perception. Latency refers to both the phenomena of audio delay (in feedback from analogue to digital conversion and the momentary lapses experienced when playing live with recorded music) and a theatrical sensation that comes from the reanimation of visual environments through aural framing. In this configuration, the notion of latency takes on a double meaning as both a recorded phenomenon and the retrieval of something dormant within physical objects, sites or materials. These ideas will be introduced through my experience of walking Katrina Palmer’s site-specific audio work The Loss Adjusters (2015) on the island of Portland (UK). The audio tracks create an extended meditation on Portland, interweaving specific locations and histories with fictional characters and ghosts of the island.

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Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: Katrina Palmer, theatrical latency, The Loss Adjusters, visual perception, audio delay, sound, momentary lapses, reanimation, visual environment, theatrical sensation
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Arts
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Depositing User: Richard Allen
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2016 10:51
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:14

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