[dance-tech] Fw: Jaime del Val at MIT Medialab - Boston - April 2011

  • From: "Jaime del Val" <jaimedelval@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2011 17:31:05 +0200

Dear all,
I hope to see some of you al MIT this week,
looking forward to that,

Jaime del Val - Reverso Institute for Metahuman Technologies  www.reverso.org




Dance Technology and Circulations of the Social, Version 2.0

Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Boston - Massachussets - USA

April 22-23, 2011


Metamedia Metaformance

Metahuman Technologies: Undoing anatomy in capitalism of affects




I will propose a critique of the accounts of the moving body that pervade both 
classical-modern-contemporary dance traditions and 
information-communication-control society, in order to propose some 
possibilities for a radical redefinition of corporeality, aesthetics and 
politics both in relation to dance, the other arts and nature-culture at large, 
within a Metahumanistic project of resistance to capitalism of affects in 
which, through subversive reappropriations of control technologies, an 
amorphous, post-anatomical body is produced that exceeds 
cartesian-logocentric-humanistic paradigms, redefining the body as relational 
process and reworking all of its normative categories.



I will propose a critique of the paradigms of the moving body that pervade both 
classical-modern-contemporary dance traditions and 
information-communication-control society, which reproduce specific 
cartesian-logocentric-humanistic conceptions that deal with 
framing-distance-exteriority for the production of the spectacular-hiperreal 
and of the dualism object-subject as well as fictional-objective. The 
parallelism between the stage and the ubiquitous camera-screens of media 
culture will aquire new light understood in terms of perceptual anatomies that 
reproduce the cartesian split between subject and object, thus producing both 
as political fictions. This becomes even more problematic in the field of HCI, 
where interfaces tend to assimilate bodies into a regime of affective 
production that we will call the Panchoreographic, where movement becomes a key 
paradigm for understanding its mechanisms. Dance-technology appears thus as a 
realm in which, rather than limitng us to use the given technologies, we may 
subvert them and the regime they perpetuate.


The body, understood as relational process, is subject to endless 
Amorphogenesis through a redefinition of the relational technologies that 
constitute it. This is part of a non-utopian Metahumanistic project for 
resistance to capitalism of affects' apparatuses of violence and assimilation. 
Metamedia Metaformance is the process of redefinition of relational 
technologies, which include perceptual anatomies, that redefine the given 
limits between disciplines and perceptual categories in a neverending process 
of emergence. Proposing the notion of Intrabodies rather than Interfaces and a 
Meta-kinetic art-research instead of dance-choreography, we propose to show the 
crucial role of relational movement for the radical redefinition of the entire 
humanistic-logocentric-cartesian conception, in a movement away from the stages 
(and audiences) of spectacular control society and from linear time-space.


Examples will be given of the Microsexes-Microdances projects of Reverso and 
other Metahuman Technologies in which through reappropriation of technologies 
of control society the sensory anatomy is transformed towards a Post-anatomical 
body, and with it the conditions of possibility of regimes that operate thorugh 
identification and form. A devisualisation and a politics of the amorphous 
where bodies move in ways that are irreducible to 
representation-mapping-identification-signification, undoing the constitutive 
limits of gender-sex-race-class-form-identity categories of control. 



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