DH as theater

More and more I am convinced of the parallels between the digital humanities and theater — both are collaborative processes, demanding the combined skills and tools of different disciplines (producers, designers, writers, performers, sound and light technicians).

Now I’m reading Artaud, The Theater and its Double, and the comparison seems apt also in terms of the spatial concerns of the attempted output.

Artaud describes theatre as a “poetry in space capable of creating kinds of material images equivalent to word images,” which seems to me somewhat similar to the sorts of visualizations attempted by digital humanists.

(Artaud, Antonin. The Theater and its Double. Transl. Mary Caroline Richards. New York: Grove Press, 1958. Print. p 38)