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Senses of Embodiment: Art, Technics, Media

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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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Reflections on Words and Thoughts in Motion: Cecilia Roos

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Reflections on Words and Thoughts in Motion

CECILIA ROOS

When several dancers perform a movement, it may look quite the same, almost identical; and yet, each dancer’s experience of the movement as well as the description he or she will give of it, may be completely different. What I have been occupied with in my research is the difference in experience between first seeing a movement and then studying it in order to do it. In this paper, I will present a description of that process from the perspective of my own experience as a dancer.

The research project From movement out of reflection in becoming: The dancer and the creative process started in January 2010. It has been closely connected to Ina Cristel Johannesen’s1 dance piece NOW SHE KNOWS2, in which I participated as a dancer and which my co-researchers periodically observed. My research is based on the dancer’s view on the movement and the choreographer’s idea, seen from inside the process, as well as my own experience of that process. In addition, I have acquired an external perspective on the working process through discussions with my co-researchers. In the research work, the internal and the external perspectives have been shifting constantly between a pre-reflective and a reflective kind of action. Writing from inside the process of the piece NOW SHE KNOWS has required from me something else compared to writing from an external point of view about a process in general. What...

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