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Ecology, Performance and Collaboration - Embodying Intimate Transactions

Armstrong, Keith M. (2007) Ecology, Performance and Collaboration - Embodying Intimate Transactions. In Experience and Abstraction: Bodily Knowledges and Interaction, 07/05/07, ACE Teleseminar Room, University of California, Irvine (UCI).

Abstract

Intimate Transactions is a dual site, telematic installation currently been shown here in the US. It allows two people located in separate spaces to interact simultaneously using only their bodies (predominantly their backs and feet), using two identical interfaces called ‘Bodyshelves’. During a 30-minute, one-on-one session their physical actions allow them to individually and collaboratively explore immersive environments. Each participant’s own way of interacting results in quite different, but interrelated animated and generative imagery, real time generated audio (seven channels), and three channels of haptic feedback (felt in the stomach and back). This experience allows each participant to begin to sense their place in a complex web of relations that connect them and everything else within the work.

Intimate Transactions is an investigation in creating embodied experiences that are both performative and improvisational by harnessing individual, performative languages of ‘untrained’ bodies as a means to engender understandings of ‘ecological’ relationship. It arose from a deep collaboration between media artists, performance practitioners, sound artists, hardware and software engineers, a furniture maker and a scientific ecologist. Our entire process was informed by a praxis-led approach to art making that stressed embodied connectivity and inseparability. This allowed us to understand how participants might move within the constraints of a particular interface, allowing us to shape and form the overall phrasing and sensibilities of their experiences, whilst maintaining the unique nature of their collaborative experiences.

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ID Code: 9015
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the conference’s website (see link) or contact the author. Author contact details: k.armstrong@qut.edu.au
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Keywords: interactive artworks, embodied engagement, interdisciplinary
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Electronic Media Art (190203)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Keith M. Armstrong
Deposited On: 17 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 22 Jun 2009 08:21

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