Acknowledging Disappearance

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In "Acknowledging Disappearance," the author reflects on the impact of rapid social and technological changes on skilful bodily practices such as dance and on the possibility of the loss of tacit knowledge due to these changes. Drawing from his experiences as a dancer, the author emphasizes the significance of embodied learning in understanding dance knowledge. The chapter traces the evolution in the 2000s of interdisciplinary dance research with a small number of major artists exploring how digital technologies can be used to articulate and transmit embodied dance knowledge. It examines this landscape of research evolving alongside technology development, eventually leading to fresh critical questions about the potential loss of forms of tacit knowledge that resist being made explicit. The author uses this perspective to raise ethical concerns about AI's potential to overshadow human experiences and creativity, underscoring the significance of dance as a reminder of our distinct human essence amid technological advancements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Dance and Memory
EditorsSusanne Franco, Marina Nordera
PublisherOxford University Press (OUP)
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024


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