Grappling with movement models: performing arts and slippery contexts

Norman, Sally-Jane (2014) Grappling with movement models: performing arts and slippery contexts. In: MOCO '14: Proceedings of the 2014 International Workshop on Movement and Computing. ACM, New York, NY, USA, pp. 136-141. ISBN 9781450328142

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The ways we leave, recognise, and interpret marks of human
movement are deeply entwined with layerings of collective
memory. Although we retroactively order chronological
sediments to map shareable stories, our remediations often
emerge unpredictably from a multidimensional mnemonic
fabric: contemporary ideas can resonate with ancient aspirations and initiatives, and foreign fields of investigation can inform ostensibly unrelated endeavours. Such links reinforce the debunking of grand narratives, and resonate with quests for the new kinds of thinking needed to address the mix of living, technological, and semiotic systems that makes up our wider ecology. As a highly evolving field, movement-and-computing is exceptionally open to, and needy of, this diversity.
This paper argues for awareness of the analytical apparatus
we sometimes too unwittingly bring to bear on our research objects, and for the value of transdisciplinary and
tangential thinking to diversify our research questions. With a view to seeking ways to articulate new, shareable questions rather than propose answers, it looks at wider questions of problem-framing. It emphasises the importance of - quite literally - grounding movement, of recognising its environmental implications and qualities. Informed by work on expressive gesture and creative use of instruments in domains including puppetry and music, this paper also insists on the complexity and heterogeneity of the research strands that are indissociably bound up in our corporeal-technological movement practices.

Item Type: Book Section
Schools and Departments: School of Media, Film and Music > Music
Subjects: M Music. Literature on music. Musical instruction and study
T Technology > T Technology (General) > T0175 Industrial research. Research and development
Depositing User: Sally-Jane Norman
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2014 10:04
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2015 12:53

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