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Extra resources for Adapting War Horse: Cognition, the Spectator, and a Sense of Play
Action understanding does not depend, according to this view, on the activation of visual representations (an activation obviously present) followed by their interpretation by the central conceptual system, but by SPECTATORSHIP AS EMBODIED PRACTICE 43 the “penetration” of visual information into the experiential (“first person”) motor knowledge of the observer. (Gallese et al. 396) In other words, through covert bodily simulation, one’s comprehension of the action and its intentions are immanent to our perception of the act.
The audience’s role, clearly, is central, and it is to this process that we now turn. NOTES 1. One article suggests that while “between one million and two million British horses had been sent to the front lines in the First World War, … only 65,000 or so had come back” (Lyall C1). 2. Uatu did interfere from time to time based on his faith in the goodness of humanity (see The Fantastic Four #48, March 1966, when he stepped in to thwart the planet-eating Galactus); the character was killed off in Marvel’s 2014 Original Sin arc, although arguably, by the laws of comic book logic, this is not necessarily permanent.
Keywords Enactive cognition • Perception • Mirror neurons • Sensemaking • Social interaction As Peter Brook (1968) knew, without the spectator, theatrical adaptation is incomplete. The spectator adds an active process of reception to the performance, from which meaning is generated. To return to Hutcheon, the process of interpretive oscillation means the spectator’s consciousness navigates a dual awareness of the performance as a real set of actions in space, and of the fictive world that they disclose.
Adapting War Horse: Cognition, the Spectator, and a Sense of Play by Toby Malone, Christopher J. Jackman