Through the Prism of the Senses (Book)

Mediation and New Realities of the Body in Contemporary Performance. Technology, Cognition and Emergent Research-Creation Methodologies

This book is a vital contribution to discussions surrounding research creation and the body in relation to digital media, highlighting the ways in which new technologies confront the sensate, somatic body.

Category: Performing Arts

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Over the past decade, new technologies have influenced a vast epistemological shift that has transformed notions of performativity and representation in the arts. Mediation has challenged both spectators’ and performers’ conventions of corporeality, cognition, and perception. Centreing on contemporary synaesthetic and multimodal works, Through the Prism of the Senses examines new theory and practice in body-based arts and contemporary performance. Three main chapters present three distinct strands of methodological enquiry, one from each author, creating a work that resonates with artistic and philosophical enquiry. This book is a vital contribution to discussions surrounding research creation and the body in relation to digital media, highlighting the ways in which new technologies confront the sensate, somatic body.

A French-language version is to be published by Presses de l'Université du Québec (ISBN: 9782760551480). A Spanish-language version is to be published by Las Ediciones de la Universidad de Caldas.

Isabelle Choinière is an international artist, researcher, author, and teacher of contemporary performative practices which integrate new technology. She is affiliate professor and a postdoctoral transdisciplinary researcher at Université du Québec à Montréal.

Enrico Pitozzi is a professor in the Department of Arts at the Università di Bologna.

Andrea Davidson is an award-winning videographer and new media artist. She is a senior lecturer at the University of Chichester, UK.

Introduction

i. The state of art: The organisation of thought in an analytical perspective

ii. On the virtual: Bodily potentiality and corporeality

iii. Technological devices

iv. Immersion: Multi-sensory environments

v. A logic of transformation 

Chapter 1: The prism of perception. Corporeality between intermedial stages and

environments by Enrico Pitozzi

Chapter 2: Seismographies of mediated bodies. A logic of creation by Isabelle Choinière

Chapter 3: The Mediated/Mediating Body by Andrea Davidson

Conclusion

Postface by Derrick de Kerckhove

'This is a totally fascinating publication. It is human behaviour that informs the forward edge of art, and it is the technologies of process and system which now inform human behaviour. Seen through the prism of outstanding creative practitioners and theorists, led by Isabelle Choinière, this ground-breaking book shows how performative art, embodying the extended consciousness of telematic systems, can lead the way into the emergence of an entirely new aesthetic cannon. The move is from interaction to absorption, from multimedia to moistmedia, a kind of cybersomatic artistic transformation.'

Professor Roy Ascott, Professor of Technoetic Arts, University of Plymouth
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