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From alchemy to Artaudian 'digital double' : a practical exploration in digital scenography

Grimoldby, Edward John Buchanan


Edward John Buchanan Grimoldby



This research seeks to better understand the position of the contemporary stage phenomenon ‘The Digital Double’ within the theories of Antonin Artaud. This phenomenon can be defined as; the mediated form, or presence, of a physical performer, generated upon the stage. Within the context of this study ‘The Digital Double’ has existed as an infrared generated digital entity.

This investigation has been undertaken utilising the methodology of Practice as Research and has accumulated a number of performative artefacts prominently featuring the use of ‘The Digital Double’ in order to establish a tacit understanding of the theories of Artaud. I shall be drawing upon interviews conducted with the performers and in order to enrich my understanding of the interactive process within their experience performing alongside ‘The Digital Double’.

The practical research of this thesis has been contextualised alongside a thorough examination of Artaudian literature; scenographic theory and the work of fellow practitioners of interactive technology. I have also carried out a brief examination of the Alchemical philosophy in order to elicit a greater understanding of the inspiration of Artaud.

Throughout the duration of this research, I argue that the role of technologists researcher is akin to that of Artaudian ‘Producer’. I argue that the ‘Digital Double’ as a contemporary stage phenomenon engages with the core concepts of Artaud’s theatrical model. Through an exploration of the metaphor of Alchemy a deeper understanding of Artaud's theories and inspiration is generated; from this, we can sit ‘The Digital Double’ and strengthen its position as an Artaudian theatrical device.


Grimoldby, E. J. B. (2018). From alchemy to Artaudian 'digital double' : a practical exploration in digital scenography. (Thesis). University of Hull. Retrieved from

Thesis Type Thesis
Deposit Date Apr 10, 2019
Publicly Available Date Feb 23, 2023
Keywords Drama
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Additional Information Department of Drama, The University of Hull
Award Date Apr 1, 2018


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