We will be adding to this list in the coming months. Click on the titles to be re-directed to the publisher's sites where you can view the full journal articles:
This article seeks to re-imagine the identity and role of the diva within a future realm of digital opera. Staged in three acts, the article presents some of the obstacles that obscure a radical rethinking of the opera diva; it also signposts recent practice and ‘cyberpositive’ thinking that might act as an inspiration and catalyst for the evolution of new dramaturgy, composition and performance practices.
Physicalities, modelled as behaviours and sensitivities in circuitry and programming code, unite human and digital/computer based articulations in increasingly intimate ways and give rise to the notion of a poetics of the physical. This poetics or techne of the physical, viewed not simply as an available effect/functionality but as an inherent essence of technology, is key to a deeper understanding of the broader implications of interactive digital practice. Drawing on examples from my own work with the Bodycoder System, the article explores the techne of the physical with particular reference to scenography.
What happens when we mediate? What are the effects of mediation on the body? Are we being altered by technology? This article examines the unique occurrence of cross-model perception found to be associated with moments of acute kinaesonic expression in real-time interactive digital performance. The function and significance of cross-model perception is discussed in the light of the author’s practice with the Bodycoder System and new research into bodily self-consciousness and the sensory effects of new technology within the area of the neurosciences. Empirical findings are framed by a broader theoretical discussion that draws on John Cage’s notion of organicity and Gilles Deleuze’s sensual description of seizure, in opposition to telecommunication’s threat to the morphological stability of reality proposed by Paul Virilio. The article argues that cross-model perceptions, sensory mislocations, compensatory and synaesthesic effects of increasingly intimate and significant couplings of humans and technologies may not, as feared, represent a loss or disruption of perceptual reality, but rather indicate the register of a hitherto unconscious human facility.
Kinaesonics: The intertwining relationship of body and sound (2006)
The focus of this article is on the sensation of the body beneath the mediated and the unique nature and particular forms of sensation and perceptions prompted by interactive technology with particular reference to kinaesonic gestures. These topics will be discussed from the point of view of practice with specific reference to the artists' work with the Bodycoder system and their 2005 work The Suicided Voice. The article will discuss how on-the-body technology alters a performer's perception and sensation prompting new forms of cross-modal (synesthetic) perception. The nature of the ‘intertwining’ relationship between the sensual and the sonic, inherent in kinaesonic operations, will be outlined. The article will discuss how the intimacy of on-the-body technology problematizes expression, particularly real-time manipulation. The authors will move on to discuss how the natural movement vocabulary of the body becomes the expressive medium for the generation and manipulation of sound. How flexible protocols and a fluid interface that can be re-configured for each new piece of work allow the artists to put the body at the expressive and contextual centre of the work.
LINK to the International Computer Music Conference Proceedings (1975 - present) where you can search and read our early published papers. Search: Bodycoder, Bromwich and Bokowiec.