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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationARTECH2017:
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Conference on Digital Arts
EditorsCarlos Sena Caires, Jorge C. S. Cardoso
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages4
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-5273-4
Publication statusPublished - 2019
Event9th International Conference on Digital and Interactive Arts: Digital Media Art Ecosystems - Braga, Braga, Portugal
Duration: 23 Oct 201925 Dec 2019


Conference9th International Conference on Digital and Interactive Arts
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  • Digital technology
  • Embodiment
  • Human motion
  • Performance
  • Sound signature


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