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Senses of Embodiment: Art, Technics, Media


Edited By Mika Elo and Miika Luoto

This volume is a collection of essays that presents both theory- and practice-based approaches to questions concerning the embodiment of sense.
Exploring the opening of meaning in sensible configurations, the texts also address the medial structures – at once aesthetic, bodily and technical – that condition our access to whatever makes sense to us.
The texts show in various ways how these phenomena call for trans-disciplinary research, and how theoretical or philosophical questioning gains from the experimental possibilities of artistic research.
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An Embodied Approach to Collaborative Music Practice: Koray Tahiroğlu and James Nesfield


An Embodied Approach to Collaborative Music Practice


New mediated forms of art experience make demands in terms of intuitive, exploratory and responsive interactions. These forms of interaction can be studied in a multi-sensory and multimodal interaction context, combining multiple modes of sensory input and output, such as audio, visual, tactile and haptic modalities. In the physical world, multi-sensory forms of interaction are very natural to human action, as we touch and feel, listen and hear and look and see at the same time.1 Today, new digital technologies provide an attractive set of tools for studying multi-sensory interactions, and give us yet another way to look at interaction paradigms; working on them allows us to better understand our relationship to established cultural practices and their mediated character.2 In a new era of interaction design, many of the specific affordances of technologies and design challenges create a new ground for researchers, artists and designers to understand the evolving interaction styles and behaviors.3

Our research, “Notion of the Participative and Enacting Sonic Interaction” (PESI), aims to investigate potential affordances of digital technologies to create interactions that challenge the notion of expression in collaborative music practices. This article explores the creative activities with regard to bodily and situated interaction and introduces the PESI research project as a facilitator of a practice leading to a better understanding of the bodily interaction of participants in terms of their location, distance and coordination as a...

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