Surging Verticality: An Experience of Balance

The Association for Computing Machinery - ACM
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Conference Proceeding
Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Tangible Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEl '11), 2011, pp. 237 - 240
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In our approach to body-focused interactive art, the tangible material with which we craft interactional aesthetic experiences is body experience. Touch and proprioception become primary materials for exploration and embedding in technology-mediated interactional situations. We applied the Feldenkrais Method of somatic bodywork in the development of a prototype interactive artwork, Surging Verticality, to pursue our understanding of how to craft audience experience, where the artwork offers a framework for critical reflection and self-enquiry. The Feldenkrais Method is based on an appreciation of musculo-skeletal organization as a fundamental component of our self-image and subjectivity. Our preliminary reflections on our experience of making, testing and evaluating body-focused interactions reveal the importance of the contract between artist and audience, the care, skill and sensitivity required by the artist and the receptivity of the audience.
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