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Dr Mischa Twitchin

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PositionLecturer
Email m.twitchin (@gold.ac.uk)
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Dr Mischa Twitchin

Dr Mischa Twitchin FHEA is a lecturer in the Theatre and Performance Dept., at Goldsmiths, University of London, where he teaches courses on Polish Theatre, the legacies of Artaud, East European theatres, and a post-graduate workshop, “Thinking Theatre”. His book, “The Theatre of Death – the Uncanny in Mimesis: Tadeusz Kantor, Aby Warburg and an Iconology of the Actor” is published by Palgrave Macmillan in their Performance Philosophy series; and examples of his own performance- and essay-films can be seen on Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/user13124826/videos.

Besides his academic and artistic work, Mischa is a founder-member of the performance collective Shunt, and has also worked as a freelance lighting designer (at the Young Vic, the Barbican Pit, and the Royal Court, amongst other places). He has taught at various institutions, including Central School of Speech and Drama, the University of Kent, and Queen Mary, University of London, where he did his PhD and also held a British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellowship (2014-17). His main research interests include: European theatres of the avant-garde; Afro-European cultural politics; historical-theoretical questions of empathy and mimesis; performance philosophy; and dialogues between anthropology and art.

 

Publications

Book

The Theatre of Death - the Uncanny in Mimesis: Tadeusz Kantor, Aby Warburg, and an Iconology of the Actor
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. The Theatre of Death - the Uncanny in Mimesis: Tadeusz Kantor, Aby Warburg, and an Iconology of the Actor. London: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 978-1-137-47871-9

Book Section

Kantor after Duchamp
Twitchin, Mischa. 2017. Kantor after Duchamp. In: M. Kobialka and N. Zarzecka, eds. Tadeusz Kantor's Memory: Other Pasts, Other Futures. TAPAC: Theatre and Performance Across Cultures (London, UK) and the Grotowski Institute (Wrocław, Poland).: Polish Theatre Perspectives (PTP).

On the "Difference between preaching an ideal and giving artistic form to the historical tension inherent in it".
Twitchin, Mischa. 2014. On the "Difference between preaching an ideal and giving artistic form to the historical tension inherent in it". In: Will Daddario and Karoline Gritzner, eds. Adorno and Performance. London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 67-82. ISBN 978-1-137-42987-2

“On ‘the live effigy of man emerging out of the shadows...’”
Twitchin, Mischa. 2013. “On ‘the live effigy of man emerging out of the shadows...’”. In: Carole Guidicelli, ed. Über-Marionettes and mannequins: Craig, Cantor and their contemporary legacies. Lavérune: Institut Internationale de la Marionette/ L’Entretemps., pp. 273-291. ISBN 978-2-35539-169-9

Article

Sites of Research or ‘no layers of the onion’: Phantom Europe
Twitchin, Mischa. 2017. Sites of Research or ‘no layers of the onion’: Phantom Europe. O A R: The Oxford Artistic and Practice Based Research Platform, 1, ISSN 2399-5092

Loving Memory: Anamnesis and Hypomnesis
Twitchin, Mischa. 2017. Loving Memory: Anamnesis and Hypomnesis. Performance Research, 22(2), pp. 136-140. ISSN 1352-8165

On the Contexts Festival of Ephemeral Art (Sokolowsko) [Review]
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. On the Contexts Festival of Ephemeral Art (Sokolowsko) [Review]. The Theatre Times,

A View from the 2015 Malta Festival (Poznan) [Review]
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. A View from the 2015 Malta Festival (Poznan) [Review]. Contemporary Theatre Review, 26(2), pp. 278-280. ISSN 1048-6801

"We Have Somehow to Believe That Culture Will Save Us." (Interview with David Lan)
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. "We Have Somehow to Believe That Culture Will Save Us." (Interview with David Lan). Yearbook German ITI, pp. 63-67.

How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare?
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. How to Explain Pictures to a Dead Hare? Art School (Exhibition Catalogue), pp. 197-207. ISSN 0-6110000015-4-611-15

"The Post-Traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor: History and the Holocaust in Akropolis and Dead Class" by Magda Romanska; and "Tadeusz Kantor Today", eds. Katarzyna Fazan, Anna Burzynska, and Marta Brys. [Review]
Twitchin, Mischa. 2015. "The Post-Traumatic Theatre of Grotowski and Kantor: History and the Holocaust in Akropolis and Dead Class" by Magda Romanska; and "Tadeusz Kantor Today", eds. Katarzyna Fazan, Anna Burzynska, and Marta Brys. [Review]. Theatre Research International, 40(3), pp. 341-342. ISSN 0307-8833

Re-Enchantment
Twitchin, Mischa. 2015. Re-Enchantment. FIMFA Festival 15th Anniversary Programme (Lisbon), p. 7.

Mise-en-scene: Beckett's 'Field of Memory'
Twitchin, Mischa. 2014. Mise-en-scene: Beckett's 'Field of Memory'. Critical Stages (Journal of International Theatre Critics Association), 10, ISSN 2409-7411

Performing European Memories: Trauma, Ethics, Politics by Milija Gluhovic [Review]
Twitchin, Mischa. 2014. Performing European Memories: Trauma, Ethics, Politics by Milija Gluhovic [Review]. Contemporary Theatre Review, 24(3), pp. 404-405. ISSN 1048-6801

On ‘Man and Machine’ at the 2013 Malta Festival, Poznań [Review]
Twitchin, Mischa. 2013. On ‘Man and Machine’ at the 2013 Malta Festival, Poznań [Review]. Contemporary Theatre Review, 23(4), pp. 614-616. ISSN 1048-6801

Anachronism
Twitchin, Mischa. 2013. Anachronism. Materials #2 [The Theatre Issue! (150 pages)], 2,

In Search of an Audience
Twitchin, Mischa. 2013. In Search of an Audience. Theatrama, 1, pp. 13-18.

“What kind of play is it?”
Twitchin, Mischa. 2012. “What kind of play is it?”. Puppet Notebook (Journal of British UNIMA), 22, pp. 24-25. ISSN 1745-1086

“Making Sense of ‘Seeing’”
Twitchin, Mischa. 2012. “Making Sense of ‘Seeing’”. Frakcija Performing Arts Journal, 62-63, pp. 166-177. ISSN 1331-0100

"Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life" by Kenneth Gross [Review]
Twitchin, Mischa. 2011. "Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life" by Kenneth Gross [Review]. Puppet Notebook, 19, p. 23. ISSN 1745-1086

“Shunt”, an article on Shunt and the ‘avant-garde’
Twitchin, Mischa. 2008. “Shunt”, an article on Shunt and the ‘avant-garde’. Théâtre/Public, 191, pp. 51-53. ISSN 0335-2927

“The Invisible Theatre of Antonin Artaud”
Twitchin, Mischa. 2008. “The Invisible Theatre of Antonin Artaud”. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 4(3), ISSN 1557-2935

“On the Dreamwork of Hearing”
Twitchin, Mischa. 2007. “On the Dreamwork of Hearing”. Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies, 3(3), ISSN 1557-2935

Conference or Workshop Item

What's Wrong with Participation?
Twitchin, Mischa. 2017. 'What's Wrong with Participation?'. In: The Avant-Garde: Aesthetic Strategies and Participatory Art. Cricoteka, Krakow, Poland 8-10.12.2017.

In and Out of the Dark
Twitchin, Mischa. 2017. 'In and Out of the Dark'. In: Theatricality and the Arts Symposium. Lancaster University, United Kingdom 23-24 September 2017.

Exposing ‘People’
Twitchin, Mischa. 2017. 'Exposing ‘People’'. In: TaPRA. University of Salford, Manchester, United Kingdom 30 August-1 September 2017.

Of What Stuff Are European Dreams Made On?
Twitchin, Mischa. 2017. 'Of What Stuff Are European Dreams Made On?'. In: Anthropology of Race and Ethnicity Symposium (an EASA Network). Free University of Berlin, Germany 17-19 July 2017.

On ‘observing oneself as an instrument of observation’ (Levi-Strauss)
Twitchin, Mischa. 2017. 'On ‘observing oneself as an instrument of observation’ (Levi-Strauss)'. In: First Colleex Workshop on Ethnographic Experimentation (an EASA Network). Institute of Social Sciences, University of Lisbon, Portugal 13-15 July 2017.

On Some ‘Documents of Euro-African Contact’ (MacGregor)
Twitchin, Mischa. 2017. 'On Some ‘Documents of Euro-African Contact’ (MacGregor)'. In: Afroeuropeans: Black Cultures and Identities in Europe Conference. University of Tampere, Finland 6-8 July 2017.

Between Phantom and Phantasm
Twitchin, Mischa. 2017. 'Between Phantom and Phantasm'. In: Performance Philosophy Conference. Academy of Sciences and Academy of Performing Arts, Prague, Czech Republic 22-26 June 2017.

Digital Catoptrics
Twitchin, Mischa. 2017. 'Digital Catoptrics'. In: Re-Performing Symposium. Institute of Advanced Studies, UCL, United Kingdom 18 June 2017.

Modelling International Relations: Ethnographic Museums and the ‘Authority’ of Objects
Twitchin, Mischa. 2017. 'Modelling International Relations: Ethnographic Museums and the ‘Authority’ of Objects'. In: European Workshops in International Studies. University of Cardiff, United Kingdom 7-10 June 2017.

“The ‘missing people’: philosophical masks and Afro-European encounters”
Twitchin, Mischa. 2017. '“The ‘missing people’: philosophical masks and Afro-European encounters”'. In: Africa of the Past: Africa of the Future Conference. SOAS, United Kingdom 5th-6th May 2017.

‘The Mirror and the Corpse…’: Some Reflections on the Phantasm of the Subject
Twitchin, Mischa. 2017. '‘The Mirror and the Corpse…’: Some Reflections on the Phantasm of the Subject'. In: Narratology and Its Discontents Conference. Academy of Dramatic Arts, University of Zagreb, Croatia 6th-8th April 2017.

"We went with this text to Stuttgart"
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. '"We went with this text to Stuttgart"'. In: European Theatre Persepctives Conference. Wroclaw, Poland 7-9 Nov 2016.

"What gets differentiated - or repeated - in an 'ontology of performance'?"
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. '"What gets differentiated - or repeated - in an 'ontology of performance'?"'. In: Performance Philosophy "Repetitions" Conference. Ljubljana, Slovenia 21-24 Sept 2016.

"Between Documentation and Living Archive: What Becomes of the Avant-Garde?"
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. '"Between Documentation and Living Archive: What Becomes of the Avant-Garde?"'. In: Konteksty Festival. Wroclaw-Sokolowsko, Poland 30 June - 1 July 2016.

"'Object Lessons' at the British Museum's Africa Galleries"
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. '"'Object Lessons' at the British Museum's Africa Galleries"'. In: European Association of Social Anthropologists Conference. Milan, Italy 20-23 July 2016.

"Future Pasts"
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. '"Future Pasts"'. In: Africa Research Day conference. London, United Kingdom 25 May 2016.

"Loving Memory: Anamnesis and Hypomnesis"
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. '"Loving Memory: Anamnesis and Hypomnesis"'. In: Cambridge Interdisciplinary Performance Network seminar. Cambridge, United Kingdom 9 May 2016.

"Pedagogic Materials: Tylor and Godard"
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. '"Pedagogic Materials: Tylor and Godard"'. In: Show and Tell Symposium, Materials in Practice Study Group. Conference, United Kingdom.

"This Craze for Explicitation..."
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. '"This Craze for Explicitation..."'. In: Samuel Beckett and World Literature Conference. Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom 4-5 May 2016.

Film/Video

Performance? Art? (Polish version)
Twitchin, Mischa. 2017. Performance? Art? (Polish version).

Reading Brecht: Polish-German (1)
Twitchin, Mischa. 2017. Reading Brecht: Polish-German (1).

Reading Brecht in Nanterre 2: Performance? Art? (German version)
Twitchin, Mischa. 2017. Reading Brecht in Nanterre 2: Performance? Art? (German version).

Performance? Art? (English version)
Twitchin, Mischa. 2017. Performance? Art? (English version).

Reading Brecht in Nanterre
Twitchin, Mischa. 2017. Reading Brecht in Nanterre.

The Utopian Body (English version)
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. The Utopian Body (English version).

Le Corps, lien d'utopies (French version)
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. Le Corps, lien d'utopies (French version).

Phantom Europe 1: Return to the Postcolony
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. Phantom Europe 1: Return to the Postcolony.

Phantom Europe 2: Living with Ghosts
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. Phantom Europe 2: Living with Ghosts.

The Human Face (English version)
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. The Human Face (English version).

Le Visage Humain (French version)
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. Le Visage Humain (French version).

Dahlem Dorf, Chapter 5
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. Dahlem Dorf, Chapter 5.

Dahlem Dorf, Chapter 4
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. Dahlem Dorf, Chapter 4.

Dahlem Dorf, Chapter 3
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. Dahlem Dorf, Chapter 3.

Dahlem Dorf, Chapter 2
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. Dahlem Dorf, Chapter 2.

Dahlem Dorf, Chapter 1
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. Dahlem Dorf, Chapter 1.

Métro: Trocadéro
Twitchin, Mischa. 2016. Métro: Trocadéro.

Loving memory (English version)
Twitchin, Mischa. 2014. Loving memory (English version).

Loving memory (French version)
Twitchin, Mischa. 2014. Loving memory (French version).