Excitable tissues in motion capture practices: The improvising dancer as technogenetic imagist
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AbstractThis article outlines the potential of dance improvisation practice to function as a technological interface with one’s environment, drawing parallels between the performances of Twig Dances (Sarco-Thomas 2010) and technologies used in the life sciences to map living matter onto still frames. A postphenomenological approach is used to compare improvisation scores with image-making technologies. Scores that invite corporeal responses to the non-human, and kinaesthetic responses to organic matter, are highlighted as technologies which stand further exploration and examination as they mediate our experience of the world. A diversifying field of somatic practices is proposed as a means to investigate the potential knowledges generated by ‘excitable tissues’ enlivened through improvisational practices.
CitationSarco-Thomas, M. (2013). Excitable Tissues in motion capture practices: the improvising dancer as technogenetic imagist. Journal of Dance & Somatic Practices, 5(1), 81-93.
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