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
PublisherACM - Association for Computing Machinery
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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