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 method of phenomenology. knowledgeable in dance and philosophy, Kozel areas the human physique on the middle of explorations of interactive interfaces, responsive structures, and affective computing, asking what may be found as we develop into in the direction of our pcs -- as they turn into extensions of our methods of considering, relocating, and touching.

Performance, Kozel argues, can act as a catalyst for knowing wider social and cultural makes use of of electronic expertise. Taking this one step additional, performative acts of sharing the physique via our electronic units foster a collaborative development of latest actual states, degrees of wakeful wisdom, or even ethics. We reencounter ourselves and others via our interactive desktops. What we want now are conceptual and methodological frameworks to mirror this.

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

After outlining her procedure and method and clarifying the most important thoughts of functionality, applied sciences, and virtuality, Kozel applies phenomenological approach to the event of designing and acting in various computational platforms: telematics, movement catch, responsive architectures, and wearable computing.

The transformative capability of the alchemy among our bodies and applied sciences is the root 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 tuition of Interactive Arts and know-how at Simon Fraser college, Vancouver, Canada.

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