Embodying Sound: A work-in-progress on technologically expanded performance

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation


Embodying Sound is a performing art project that integrates dance, music and digital technology, it explores a real-time sonification of human motion, captured by inertial sensors, using the XSens system. First and foremost, it is not a demonstration of technical virtuosity, but an attempt to put technology at the service of imagination and creativity. In a world dominated by computation - tending to a dystopic future of "artificial intelligences" (Minsky, 1998) we tend to forget that present-day machines cannot really think or feel; Computers do not have purposes, do not love or understand reality the way a living organism does (c.f. António Damásio 2017). In this presentation, we explore how technology can act as a mediator between dance and music. The quest of this performative process is to investigate the sound signature of the body. Here we discuss how such phenomenological experience might challenge self-consciousness and the perception of identity. Furthermore, within a more general approach, we question how does this artistic and technological interaction stimulate the expansion of artistic expression, which might result in new aesthetics.
Period24 Oct 2019
Event title9th International Conference on Digital and Interactive Arts: Digital Media Art Ecosystems
Event typeConference
LocationBraga, PortugalShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Digital technology
  • Embodiment
  • Human motion
  • Performance
  • Sound signature