Excitable Tissues in Motion-Capture Technology: The Improvising Dancer as Technogenetic Imagist

Sarco-Thomas, Malaika (2013) Excitable Tissues in Motion-Capture Technology: The Improvising Dancer as Technogenetic Imagist. Journal of Dance and Somatic Practices, 5 (1). pp. 81-93. ISSN 1757188X

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Abstract / Summary

This 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.

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Additional Information: This article was developed out of a conference paper delivered at the Somatics & Technology Conference, University of Chichester, June 2012, and emerged from new reflections on the practice of improvising with the score developed through my PhD research in light of developments in scientific imaging techniques and new philosophies of technology.
ISSN: 1757188X
Depositing User: Malaika Sarco-Thomas
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2013 14:19
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2017 16:02
URI: http://repository.falmouth.ac.uk/id/eprint/93

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