This article examines the position of circus within the arts and sciences by exploring the interest of early 20th-century artists in circus phenomena – as a source of inspiration for artistic projects and studies – and the location of circus as an object of research within the panorama of scholarly disciplines.
This article examines how avant-garde artists were inspired by the circus and circus aesthetics, and used them as models for novel, polarising and sophisticated works of art.
This article explores the violent clown as an artist and border crosser at the intersection of science and art.
In the second part of his interview, Dr Ira Seidenstein shares his thoughts on the cultural and intermedial appeal of the clown character.
In the first part of his interview, he explains his approach to research, his understanding of clowning, and the ways he teaches his students to discover the elasticity of their own imagination, and the creativity and performative powers a clown needs on stage.