Moving Without a Body Digital Philosophy and Choreographic Thought
Digital technologies offer the possibility of capturing, storing, and manipulatingmovement, abstracting it from the body and transforming it into numerical information. InMoving without a Body, Stamatia Portanova considers what really happens when More...
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Digital technologies offer the possibility of capturing, storing, and manipulatingmovement, abstracting it from the body and transforming it into numerical information. InMoving without a Body, Stamatia Portanova considers what really happens when thephysicality of movement is translated into a numerical code by a technological system. Drawing onthe radical empiricism of Gilles Deleuze and Alfred North Whitehead, she argues that this does notamount to a technical assessment of software's capacity to record motion but requires aphilosophical rethinking of what movement itself is, or can become. Discussing the development ofdifferent audiovisual tools and the shift from analog to digital, she focuses on some choreographicrealizations of this evolution, including works by Loie Fuller and Merce Cunningham. Throughout,Portanova considers these technologies and dances as ways to think -- rather than just perform orperceive -- movement. She distinguishes the choreographic thought from the performance: a bodyperforms a movement, and a mind thinks or choreographs a dance. Similarly, she sees the move fromanalog to digital as a shift in conception rather than simply in technical realization. Analyzingchoreographic technologies for their capacity to redesign the way movement is thought,Moving without a Body offers an ambitiously conceived reflection on theontological implications of the encounter between movement and technological systems.
Stamatia Portanova is an independent scholar.
|Introduction: Thinking Choreography Digitally|
|Technologies as Ideas|
|Philosophies as Methods|
|Choreographies as Examples|
|Imag(in)ing the Dance: Choreo-nexus|
|Digital Affectivity …|
|… or Digital Definition?|
|To Perceive Is to Abstract|
|Digital Abstractions: The Intuitive Logic of the Cut|
|The Image, between Sensation and Imagination|
|Remembering the Dance: Mov-objects|
|What a Dancing Body Can Do (Desubjectifying the Motion)|
|What a Technology Can Really Do (Reobjectifying the Potential)|
|Can Objects Be Preserved?|
|Can Objects Change?|
|Can Objects Be Processes?|
|Thinking the Dance: Compu-sitions|
|Numbered Dancers and Software Ballet|
|The Abstractness of Relation|
|The Rhythm of Counting|
|The Detachment of Technology|
|When Memory Becomes Creation|
|A Germ of Conclusion: In Abstraction|