Improvisation in dance with technological mediation: An investigation through studies of situation cognition

Ivani Lucia Oliveira de Santana, Peter Stanley Fosl
2017 Cogent Arts & Humanities  
Situated cognition seems to be one of the relevant pillars in the literature on embodied cognition: a matter of understanding the subject and its cognition in involved and mutual manner. This is a continuous process in which the flow of information affects the body, the world, and the very process of engagement. Dance should be deemed as situated cognition. Thus, assuming that contextual interdependence, one can confirm that improvisation in dance constructs specific conceptual system processes
more » ... in which movement emerges from actions and reactions from stimuli promoted, systematically, in real time. Unlike pre-determined situations (such as dances created through choreography), training for dance improvisation gives priority to sharpening the dancers' perception for action in terms of preparing them with good sensorimotor knowledge. The analytical focus of this article engages in the area of improvisational dances performed in sensitive environments mediated by digital technologies. In those contexts, new semantic layers, other levels of spatiotemporal relations, and different possibilities of interaction between the group of dancers and between them and their own computational devices emerge. Through concepts such as embodiment, enaction, actionism, and empathy, we are
doi:10.1080/23311983.2017.1367352 fatcat:j7tc4vhqsja33jbhnpbzkwhq7e