This essay considers threshold phenomena as mediums—that is, as technical support—for expression. For illustration, I discuss Shelley Hirsch’s live vocal interpretation of Christian Marclay’s Manga Scroll, a landscape-like musical score composed of onomatopoeias taken from Japanese comics. Hirsch’s performance of threshold enacts expression as a new milieu of experience. Attending to threshold phenomena can show points of contact among mediums and forms of technical support to see how modes of expression fold, unfold, merge, and emerge.
Michael LeVan is Senior Instructor in the Department of Communication at the University of South Florida, Tampa, and editor of Liminalities: A Journal of Performance Studies. Correspondence to: Michael LeVan, Department of Communication, University of South Florida, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, CIS 1040, Tampa, FL 33620, USA. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Michael LeVan; Threshold/Medium. Departures in Critical Qualitative Research 1 June 2014; 3 (2): 170–175. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/dcqr.2014.3.2.170
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