[dance-tech] Re: FW: "Digital" Dance

  • From: Richard Povall <richard@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 23 Jan 2006 10:56:58 +0000

On 20 Jan 2006, at 16:11, jdm wrote:

Today I see a lot of efforts that mirror to some degree work done on analog systems in the 60’s and earlier. It seems that new technologies often begin life recreating what has already been done.

I wonder if it would be more informative (and perhaps more illusive) to think about the history/evolution of the conception and practice of dance and technology, with the digital/analog question seen as part of that discourse. After all, digital will be obsolete one day.

I agree with John (and others who have also said this) that all this is really about ideas, not technologies. We've been here so often before in this debate. I don't particularly object to the term "digital dancing" even if it suggests something far more specific than we might actually mean by the term. "Dance & Technology" claimed the title for a while, although it's an ugly and clumsy phrase. However it does seem to be a little less specific.

I'm not sure I care that much as long as we don't lose touch with the ideas that we are talking about...


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