Edward Scheer

Head of School

Professor Edward Scheer works across Performance Studies and Visual Culture and recently completed two collaborative ARC funded Discovery projects Towards an Experimental Humanties with colleagues (Brannigan and Muecke) at UNSW and New Media Dramaturgy with an international team (Eckersall and Grehan et al). Recent books include William Yang: Stories of Love and Death (New South Press, 2015) with Helena Grehan and The Dumb Type Reader with Peter Eckersall with MTP Press in Copenhagen in 2016. He has published articles on performance art and aesthetics in TDR, PAJ, Parkett and Performance Research and has written numerous catalogue essays for the AGNSW, Documenta (12), the Biennale of Sydney (2006) and the Auckland Triennial (2010) as well as pieces on arts and culture in The Sydney Morning Herald and The Monthly.

Author of Scenario, a study of new work from the iCinema Project (UNSW Press and ZKM, 2011), his Multimedia Performance (Palgrave 2012) with Rosie Klich is on course reading lists across the world. Scheer’s study of Mike Parr's performance art, The Infinity Machine (Schwartz City Press, 2010) is the first comprehensive account of this aspect of the artist’s practice.  

He is a founding editor of the journal Performance Paradigm and has edited a number of books including Antonin Artaud: A Critical Reader (Routledge 2004) and Technologies of Magic. A Cultural Study of Ghosts, Machines and the Uncanny with John Potts (Power 2006).

A former chairman of the board of directors of the Performance Space in Sydney, he was also President of Psi, Performance Studies international, the largest international professional association in the field of performance studies from 2007-2011.  He was a member of the Australia Research Council College of Experts (2013-2015). 

publications

Book Chapters
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Scheer E, 2019, 'Postmodernism: A Concise Introduction', in Digital Theatre Plus, Digital Theatre Plus, UK, https://www.digitaltheatreplus.com/education/s/postmodernism
2019
Scheer E, 2019, 'A Concise Introduction to Heiner Muller', in Digital Theatre Plus, Digital Theatre Plus, UK, https://www.digitaltheatreplus.com/education/s/heiner-muller
2019
Scheer E, 2019, 'A Concise Introduction to Psychoanalytic Theory', in Digital Theatre Plus, Digital Theatre Plus, UK, https://www.digitaltheatreplus.com/education/s/psychoanalytic-theory
2019
Scheer E, 2019, 'A Concise Introduction to Multimedia Performance', in Digital Theatre Plus, Digital Theatre Plus, UK, https://www.digitaltheatreplus.com/education/s/multimedia
2019
Scheer E, 2019, '"The performative institution"', in Eckersall P; Grehan H (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics, Routledge, UK, pp. 191 - 197, http://dx.doi.org/10.4324/9780203731055-48
2019
Scheer E, 2018, 'Stelarc in the Air. The Flight off the Posthuman', in Fell H (ed.), Stelarc: Stretched Skin, Obsolete, Uncertain and Indifferent Body, PS Media, Trondheim Norway, pp. 66 - 70
2018
Scheer E, 2018, 'A Space in Time Itself', in What Is Performance Art? Australian Perspectives, pp. 112 - 128
2018
Scheer E, 2018, 'Deconstruction: A Concise Introduction', in Digital Theatre Plus, Digital Theatre Plus, UK, https://www.digitaltheatreplus.com/education/s/deconstruction
2018
Scheer EA, 2017, 'Dumb Type's XD', in Scheer EA; Eckersall P (ed.), The Dumb Type Reader, Museum Tusculanum Press, Copenhagen, pp. 145 - 158, http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/D/bo26482424.html
2017
Scheer E, 2017, 'Animate Atmospheres: Art at the Edge of Materiality', in Braddock C (ed.), Animism in Art and Performance, Springer, UK, pp. 131 - 149, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-66550-4_7
2017
Scheer EA, 2016, 'Art After the Expiry date: Mike Parr’s Moving Images', in Butler R; Pitt E (ed.), Mike Parr Language and Chaos, NGA Publications, Canberra, pp. 12 - 22, https://shop.nga.gov.au/exhibition-catalogues/mike-parr-language-and-chaos
2016
Scheer EA; Eckersall P; Grehan H, 2015, 'New Media Dramaturgy', in Romanska M (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Dramaturgy, Routledge Taylor and Francis, UK and New York USA, pp. 375 - 381, http://www.routledge.com/books/details/9780415658492/
2015
Scheer EA, 2014, 'Recomposing the Social Drama: Myra's Olympic Snafu', in MISperformance: essays in shifting perspectives, Maska, ljubljana, pp. 157 - 170, http://www.maska.si/index.php?id=19&L=1&tx_ttnews%5Btt_news%5D=1203&cHash=ee95867fb50865ea321855d64191d039
2014
Scheer EA, 2013, 'Re-creating Performance Art: The Rise of Re-enactment', in Thomas K; Chan J (ed.), Handbook of Research on Creativity, edn. 1, Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA, USA, pp. 422 - 434, http://dx.doi.org/10.4337/9780857939814.00041
2013
Scheer EA, 2012, 'The Generosity of Displacement', in Wilson T (ed.), Parallax: The Performance Paradigm in Photography, edn. 1st, Australian Centre for Photography, Paddington, NSW, pp. 8 - 17
2012
Scheer EA, 2010, 'Instance: Granular Synthesis, Modell 5', in Bay-Cheng S; Kattenbelt C; Lavender A; Nelson R (ed.), Mapping Intermediality in Performance, edn. 1, Amsterdam University Press, Amsterdam, pp. 115 - 123
2010
Scheer EA, 2009, '‘I Artaud BWO: The Uses of Artaud’s To Have Done with the Judgement of God’', in Cull L (ed.), Deleuze and Performance, edn. first, Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, pp. 37 - 53
2009
Scheer EA, 2009, 'What I think about When I think about dancing', in The River Project, edn. first, Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney NSW
2009
Scheer EA; Eckersall P, 2009, 'Between Antipodality and Relational Performance: Performance Studies in Australia; E.Scheer & P.Eckersall in ; eds.', in McKenzie J; Wee CJW-L; Roms H (ed.), Contesting Performance in an Age of Globalization, edn. first, Palgrave MacMillan, UK, pp. 109 - 122
2009
Scheer EA, 2006, 'Eleutheromania: Performance Art and the War on Terror', in A Performance Cosmology. Testimony from the Future, Evidence of the Past., edn. Original, Routledge Press, United kingdom, pp. 187 - 190
2006
Scheer EA, 2006, 'Stelarc, Magic and Cyber-Ritual', in Potts J; Scheer E (ed.), Technologies of Magic. A Cultural Study of Ghosts, Machines and the Uncanny., edn. Original, Power Publications, Australia, pp. 141 - 155
2006
Scheer E, 2005, 'I Artaud BwO: The Uses of Artaud's To have done with the judgement of god', in Deleuze and Performance, Edinburgh University Press, pp. 36 - 53, http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748635030.003.0002
2005
Scheer EA, 2004, 'Dissident vectors: surrealist ethnography and ecological performance', in Eckersall P; Uchino T; Moriyama N (ed.), Alternatives. Debating Theatre Culture in the Age of Con-Fusion, edn. 11, Peter Lang, Brussels, pp. 55 - 61
2004
Scheer EA, 2000, 'Sketches of the jet: Artaud`s abreaction of the system of fine arts', in 100 years of cruelty: essays on Artaud, edn. Original, Power Publications, Sydney, pp. 57 - 74
2000
Scheer EA, 2000, 'De Quincey/ Body weather', in Australian performing arts directory, edn. Original, Performance Media, North Sydney, NSW, pp. 9 - 11
2000
Journal articles
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Scheer E, 2018, 'On Departures Heiner Müller meets Elon Musk', Performance Research: a journal of the performing arts, vol. Volume 23, 2018 -, pp. 406 - 408, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2018.1506397
2018
Scheer E, 2015, 'Robotics as New Media Dramaturgy: The Case of the Sleepy Robot', TDR - The Drama Review - A Journal of Performance Studies, vol. 59, pp. 140 - 149, http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/DRAM_a_00476
2015
Scheer E, 2014, 'How to Do Things with performance art', Performance Research, vol. 19, pp. 90 - 98, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2014.985114
2014
Scheer EA, 2014, 'The Resistances of the Body: On Durational Art and Tehching Hsieh', Performance Paradigm, vol. 2014, pp. 48 - 65, http://www.performanceparadigm.net/index.php/journal/article/view/145
2014
Scheer EA, 2013, 'Non Places for Non People: Social Sculpture in Minto', Southerly, vol. 72, pp. 87 - 97, http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=787102213628233;res=IELLCC
2013
Scheer EA, 2012, 'The Return of the Real Duration', Column, vol. 10, pp. 47 - 50
2012
Scheer EA, 2012, 'Posthuman Scenarios and Performative Media', Performance Research, vol. 17, pp. 23 - 33, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2012.696856
2012
Scheer EA, 2012, 'Mike Parr: Brain Coral', Art and Australia, vol. 50, pp. 149 - 150
2012
Scheer E, 2008, 'The performance of disappearance', TDR - The Drama Review - A Journal of Performance Studies, vol. 52, pp. 195 - 201, http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/dram.2008.52.3.195
2008
Scheer E, 2008, 'Australia's post-olympic apocalypse?', PAJ - Journal of Performance and Art, vol. 30, pp. 42 - 56, http://dx.doi.org/10.1162/pajj.2008.30.1.42
2008
Scheer EA, 2008, ''Australia's Post-Olympic Apocalypse?' Mike Parr¿s Kingdom Come and Other Actions (2001-2005)', PAJ - A Journal of Performance and Art, vol. 30, pp. 42 - 57
2008
Scheer EA, 2007, 'Introduction: The End of Ethics?', Performance Paradigm, vol. 3, pp. Online Journal
2007
Scheer EA, 2006, '`Performing In-Difference` An E-Interview with Stelarc', The Ends of the 60s. Performance, Media and Contemporary Culture., pp. 137 - 141
2006
Scheer EA; Eckersall P, 2006, '`After Liveness` An E-Interview with Philip Auslander', The Ends of the 60s. Performance, Media and Contemporary Culture., pp. 142 - 150
2006
Scheer EA; Potts J, 2006, 'Introduction', Technologies of Magic. A Cultural Study of Ghosts, Machines and the Uncanny., pp. 7 - 19
2006
Scheer EA, 2006, 'Marquard Smith (ed.) (2005) Stelarc: The Monograph. Cambridge, MA and London: The MIT Press', Culture Machine, vol. 8(2006), pp. online
2006
Scheer EA; Eckersall P, 2006, 'Introduction: Japan after the 1960`s: the ends of the avant-garde', Performance Paradigm, vol. 2, pp. online
2006
Scheer EA; Eckersall P, 2005, 'Introduction', Performance Paradigm, vol. 1, pp. Online
2005
Scheer EA, 2005, 'Stelarc, Performing In-Difference Interview', Performance Paradigm, vol. 1, pp. Online
2005
Scheer EA; Eckersall P; Fensham R; Varney D, 2001, 'Tokyo Diary', Performance Research, vol. 6, pp. 71 - 86, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.2001.10871768
2001
Scheer EA, 2001, 'The uses of critical surrealism. Part 1: Pale Moons, Part Objects', UTS Review: Cultural Studies and New Writing, pp. 192 - 199
2001
Scheer EA, 2001, 'The veil of the liminal - Mike Parr`s Brides', Parkett, pp. 157 - 164
2001
Scheer EA, 2000, 'Atmospheres: Richard Crow and the art of the anti-architectural', Site 2000, vol. 2000, pp. 81 - 86
2000
Scheer EA, 1999, 'Dust on the lens', UTS Review: Cultural Studies and New Writing, pp. 222 - 225
1999
Scheer EA, 1999, 'Rituals of incorporation: food and performance in Sydney, Australia', Performance Research, pp. 137 - 141
1999
Scheer EA, 1999, 'Let`s make a theory of performance collapse!', Heat, vol. 13, pp. 229 - 234
1999
Scheer E; Fensham R, 1999, 'Reviews', Performance Research, vol. 4, pp. 137 - 150, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13528165.1999.10871654
1999
Scheer E, 1998, 'Phantasmic Radio (review)', L'Esprit Créateur, vol. 38, pp. 145 - 146, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/esp.2010.0266
1998
Scheer EA, 1995, 'The uses of critical surrealism, part ii: defacement', Cultural Studies Review, vol. 8(2), pp. 194 - 200
1995
Books
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Eckersall P; Grehan H; Scheer E, 2017, New Media Dramaturgy Performance, Media and New-Materialism, Palgrave Macmillan UK, http://dx.doi.org/10.1057/978-1-137-55604-2
2017
Eckersall P; Scheer E; Shintaro F, 2017, Dumb Type Reader
2017
Grehan H; Scheer E, 2016, William Yang Recompositions, NewSouth
2016
Klich R; Scheer EA, 2012, Multimedia Performance, first, Palgrave MacMillan, London UK
2012
Scheer EA, 2011, Scenario, hardback, UNSW Press and ZKM, Sydney and Karlsruhe, http://www.wheelersbooks.com.au/books/9781742232836-scenario/
2011
Scheer EA, 2009, The Infinity Machine: Mike Parrs Performance Art 1971-2005, First, Schwartz City Press, Melbourne
2009
2004, Antonin Artaud A Critical Reader, Scheer EA, (ed.), Routledge Press, USA
2004
2000, 100 years of cruelty: essays on Artaud, Scheer EA, (ed.), Power Publications, Sydney
2000