Volume 11 · Number 3 · Pages 610–612
Audience and Autopoiesis

Bruce Clarke & Dorothy Chansky

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Open peer commentary on the article ““Black Box” Theatre: Second-Order Cybernetics and Naturalism in Rehearsal and Performance” by Tom Scholte. Upshot: Scholte’s approach to theater as a black box to be probed indicates that the vocabulary of second-order cybernetics provides an analytical repertoire adequate to the complexity of theatrical phenomena, from the construction of the play in rehearsal to the delivery of the play in performance. While it was hard to discern the precise details in some of Scholte’s experimental protocols, we found his larger discussion to be provocative and effective in mapping the recursivities of theatrical processes.


Clarke B. & Chansky D. (2016) Audience and autopoiesis. Constructivist Foundations 11(3): 610–612. http://constructivist.info/11/3/610

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