Closer: Performance, Technologies, Phenomenology (Leonardo Book Series)

Closer: Performance, Technologies, Phenomenology (Leonardo Book Series)

Susan Kozel


In Closer, Susan Kozel attracts on concert perform, electronic applied sciences, and the philosophical procedure of phenomenology. expert in dance and philosophy, Kozel locations the human physique on the middle of explorations of interactive interfaces, responsive structures, and affective computing, asking what should be stumbled on as we develop into in the direction of our desktops -- as they turn into extensions of our methods of considering, relocating, and touching.

Performance, Kozel argues, can act as a catalyst for figuring out wider social and cultural makes use of of electronic know-how. Taking this one step extra, performative acts of sharing the physique via our electronic units foster a collaborative building of recent actual states, degrees of wide awake knowledge, or even ethics. We reencounter ourselves and others via our interactive computers. What we'd like now are conceptual and methodological frameworks to mirror this.

Kozel deals a well timed transforming of the phenomenology of French thinker Maurice Merleau-Ponty. this technique, in line with a admire for lived adventure, starts off via hearing the senses and noting insights that arrive in the course of dance, or conveniently in the middle of existence. the combo of functionality and phenomenology provided by way of nearer yields entwinements among event and mirrored image that make clear, problematize, or restructure scholarly ways to human our bodies utilizing electronic applied sciences.

After outlining her strategy and method and clarifying the major recommendations of functionality, applied sciences, and virtuality, Kozel applies phenomenological option to the adventure of designing and appearing in a number computational platforms: telematics, movement seize, responsive architectures, and wearable computing.

The transformative power of the alchemy among our bodies and applied sciences is the basis of nearer. With cautious layout, destiny generations of responsive structures and cellular units can extend our social, actual, and emotional exchanges. Susan Kozel is affiliate Professor within the institution of Interactive Arts and expertise at Simon Fraser college, Vancouver, Canada.

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