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|Title:||When the Spectator Talks Back: The Development of Practical Wisdom and an ‘ethics of care’ within the Magdalena Talks Back Network|
ethics of care and feedback to writers
|Publisher:||Australasian Association for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies|
|Description:||During discussions at the Magdalena Australia Festival 2003, a number of local and international participants identified a need to develop support systems for women aiming to create ‘good’ theatre. One result from these discussions was the establishment of a small network of theatre practitioners, playwrights, and academics in Brisbane who called themselves Magdalena Talks Back (M.T.B.). M.T.B. has been meeting every month since the Festival in 2003 to offer interested artists opportunities to discuss work in progress, compare evaluative strategies, and obtain feedback on specific productions. Since the network aims to support the development of good theatre, questions and arguments about what is valuable and valued have been intrinsic parts of these sessions. Indeed, much consideration has been given to what aesthetic values are supported by various practitioners and when, how, and if feedback can be effectively and ethically conveyed by those with differing values. While M.T.B. members constantly reflect upon biases and preferences informing creative processes and funding decisions, many core members also argue that the definition and implementation of a firm yet flexible ethical framework is an essential part of any process designed to develop work on a range of levels. As a member of M.T.B. who usually identifies as a performance theorist rather than a performer, I will explain how the role of spectator/observer requires an active ‘performance’ of an ‘ethics of care’ promoted within these sessions. I then consider how the ethical framework evident in this network connects with contemporary re-workings of Aristotelian arguments about the role of practical wisdom in the development of individuals and communities.|
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|Type of Work:||Article|
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