Through the Prism of the Senses

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

Isabelle Choinière, Enrico Pitozzi, and Andrea Davidson

Through the Prism of the Senses

Isabelle Choinière, Enrico Pitozzi, and Andrea Davidson

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

With an Afterword by Derrick de Kerckhove
300 pages | 15 halftones | 6 3/4 x 9 3/4
Cloth $93.00 ISBN: 9781789380798 Published February 2020
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. Centering 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). This includes additional chapters in English by Erin Manning, David Howes, Luc Vanier, and Elizabeth Johnson. A Spanish-language version is to be published by Centro Editoral Universidad de Caldas.
Contents
Introduction
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
 
Review Quotes
Henry Daniel, Simon Fraser University
"This book makes a very strong argument for the concept of an extended body that emerges through a rigorous and dedicated engagement with new digital technologies. The structure of the document reminds us that it is crucial in our search for new knowledge that we must integrate different perspectives in a transdisciplinary manner in order to address the dilemmas we face in an increasingly complex contemporary world. The writers make an immense effort to understand the different perspectives of body and corporeality -- and inter-corporeality -- that exists within cultures that are not normally within their own accustomed spheres of experience. There is immense scholarship in artistic research at work in this document, and the dedication of the three authors to identifying the potentials of the body, to our perceptive capacities, and to our developing relationships with technological innovation is inspiring."
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