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    Moving Without a Body Digital Philosophy and Choreographic Thought

    ISBN-10: 0262018926
    ISBN-13: 9780262018920
    Author(s): Stamatia Portanova
    Description: 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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    Publisher: MIT Press
    Binding: Hardcover
    Pages: 200
    Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.75" tall
    Weight: 0.990
    Language: English

    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.

    Series Foreword
    Acknowledgments
    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
    Diagram
    Knowledge
    Causal Nexus
    Presentational Nexus
    Digital Nexus
    Digital Abstractions: The Intuitive Logic of the Cut
    Digital Cut
    Digi-strain
    Di-fractals
    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?
    Singularities
    Can Objects Change?
    Calculus
    Topology
    Mereotopology
    Can Objects Be Processes?
    Generative
    Parametric
    The New
    Rationally Remembering
    Thinking the Dance: Compu-sitions
    Numbering Numbers
    Numbered Dancers and Software Ballet
    The Abstractness of Relation
    The Rhythm of Counting
    The Detachment of Technology
    When Memory Becomes Creation
    Algorithmic Connections
    Algorithmic Complexity
    Binary Alternative
    A Germ of Conclusion: In Abstraction
    Notes
    Index

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