The aesthetics of immersion in Punchdrunk's The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable

Machon, Josephine ORCID logoORCID: (2017) The aesthetics of immersion in Punchdrunk's The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable. In: Live Cinema: Cultures, Economies, Aesthetics. Atkinson, Sarah and Kennedy, Helen W., eds. Bloomsbury Academic, London, pp. 219-230. ISBN 9781501324833, pbk-ISBN 9781501353970, e-ISBN 9781501324840, e-ISBN 9781501324857. [Book Section] (doi:10.5040/


Drawing implicitly on ideas first presented in (Syn)aesthetics (Machon 2011) and Immersive Theatres (Machon 2013), this chapter outlines the aesthetics of immersive theatres in general terms in order to demonstrate how these are at work in Punchdrunk’s The Drowned Man: A Hollywood Fable (2013-2014). In addressing the interdisciplinary inheritance of immersive practice alongside the particular influences that underpin Punchdrunk’s work, the analysis considers how the immersive qualities of this production are augmented by cinematic influences and film aesthetics. In so doing it offers an alternative perspective on the idea of the live - and ‘living’ - cinematic event.

Item Type: Book Section
Additional Information: Hardback Published: 28-12-2017
Paperback Published: 22-08-2019
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Performing Arts > Theatre Arts group
Item ID: 27853
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Depositing User: Josephine Machon
Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2019 17:19
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2020 21:34

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