The challenge of the inter in the preservation of cultural heritage: the intangibility of the material and immaterial dancing body in performance

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    The intersection between the dancing body and digital technology produces new kinds of performative events that often exist only in the 'now' of event/user/audience interaction, resisting documenting and preserving in conventional ways, so are largely absent from our cultural heritage. As interlocutor, the artist is forever vital in the work existing and communicating, yet removed and absent in what remains; the living artist disappears into 'data'. How do these digital corporeal embodiments then generate new kinds of artefacts? Are these 're-enactments' more easily captured and preserved and if so, how do they disrupt what constitutes 'cultural heritage' and how we access and value our performing artists and their outputs? This presentation will explore these questions by drawing on the work of UK-based dance artist Ruth Gibson who uses motion capture technology to create visualisations of dancers for intermedial environments (exhibitions, installations and applications for mobile platforms). What does this work tell us about our relationship with the material and immaterial in performance, and our tools and methods for its preservation? I will argue that dance's contribution to our cultural heritage is intangible yet fundamental for emphasising the vitality of the corporeal, expressive body in our performing arts cultural heritage. © 2013 Springer-Verlag.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInformation Technologies for Performing Art, Media Access, and Entertainment
    EditorsPaolo Nesi, Raffaella Santucci
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    PublisherSpringer Verlag
    Number of pages9
    VolumeLecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 7990
    ISBN (Print)9783642400490
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    EventECLAP: 2nd International Conference on Information Technologies for Performing Arts, Media Access and Entertainment - Porto, Portugal
    Duration: 8 Apr 201310 Apr 2013

    Publication series

    NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
    Volume7990 LNCS



    Bibliographical note

    This chapter is not available from the repository. This paper was given at the Second International Conference, ECLAP 2013, Porto, Portugal, April 8-10, 2013


    • corporeality
    • dance
    • digital
    • intermediality
    • materiality
    • motion capture


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