Josephine Machon is Associate Professor in Contemporary Performance at Middlesex University, London. She is the author of The Punchdrunk Encyclopaedia (Routledge 2018), Immersive Theatres: Intimacy and Immediacy in Contemporary Performance (Palgrave Macmillan 2013) and (Syn)aesthetics: Redefining Visceral Performance (Palgrave Macmillan 2009, 2011), and has published widely on immersive, interactive and experiential performance practices.
Josephine Machon Thinking through Theory
Drawing on my own experience as a doctoral researcher in contemporary performance as well as my practice as a doctoral supervisor, this article engages with reflections and provocations related to encountering, unpacking, selecting, and applying theoretical materials within the artistic PhD. It pays close attention to; how theory is fundamentally in a symbiotic relationship with practice; how one might inform and modulate the other; how both should be mutually inclusive in process and outcome when researching in the arts. Overall, the article aims to foreground for the artist-researcher the continuum that is thinking in-around through-and-about practice, offering ways to approach articulating those thoughts in writing.