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  • From: Julie Bouchard <juliabouchard@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: jaimedelval@xxxxxxxxxxx, dance-tech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 03 Apr 2008 14:00:15 -0400

 

 

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[mailto:dance-tech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] De la part de Jaime del Val
Envoyé : 3 avril 2008 12:01
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Objet : [dance-tech] Post-structuralist Threads2:
Posthuman-Postbody-Postself---Postcoreography

 

sorry this was thread 2

 

 

 

Hello all,

 

POSTHUMAN is one of these terms we need to speak about in a dance tech list,
I think, especially since it is sometimes mentioned out of context and its
potential meaning becomes blurry. Posthuman, as intended in the
cyberfeminist tradition that has made popular its use has a very specific
intention, as depicted in the Cyborg Manifesto of Donna Haraway, and the
writings of Sandy Stone or Katherine Hayles, relates to a socialist,
feminist, materialist critique full of irony and not at all utopian, in
which the cyborg (which we all are) is used to question the foundations of
the humanist subject, intended as a monolithic structure based upon a
mind-body split, wherein the subject relies upon the naturalisation of the
body and the strict nature vs. culture divide. The cyborg makes the division
uncertain and the humanist subject falters together with all its
architectures of normative discourse and thinking.

 

Other thinkers relate to posthuman in different senses, as, in Europe,
Sloterdijk, and then there are such movements as the transhumanist, where
posthuman acquires a notion of superhuman which is opposed to the intention
of cyberfeminism, in my view, since cyberfeminists intended to avoid the
rigid categorisations necessary for a project of superhumanity and its
dangerous eugenics aftermaths.

 

Here is where the notion of POSTBODY comes in, though it has hardly been
used and is therefore more open to new divergencies of meaning( as far as I
know first mentioned by the  VNS Matrix 1996, «Nothing is Certain: Flesh,
the Postbody and Cyberfeminism. VNS Matrix in conversation with Nora Nora
Delahunty», in: Memesis. The Future of Evolution, Ars Electronica ?96, eds.
Gerfried Stocker and Christine Schöpf, Vienna/New York 1996, pp. 180?189.) 

 

POSTSELF has no well established references that I know of but it can be
framed within this field. Both coincide with the collapse of notions of
subjectivity, self and naturalised assumptions of corporeality that are
brought in by the posthuman, and open up a field of new potentials for self,
body and human.

 

And this is also the framework in which I use the term POSTCOREOGRAPHY
myself in relation to my own work: Firstly, when you coreograph a posthuman
body, or when in the context of new media you work with nearly illegible
bodies, fragmentary, new kinds of bodies that cannot be framed under the
humanist project of which dance is part of (as far as we understand dance in
western traditions, for there can be no general concept for dance), then we
can speak of postcoreography. Secondly in a transdisciplinary, transmedia
context, where the écriture of coreography is being developed in between, in
a frontier zone of feedbacks with the musical, visual and other forms of
écriture in which novel forms of proprioception and cross-modal perception
may be enacted, then we are transgressing the frontiers of the discipline of
coreography, and indeed the established territories and anatomies of the
body in a deeper sense.

 

In this respect I also speak of post-visual, post-musical and
post-architectural.

 

I am using the terms in the context of my work Microdances_Antibodies of
Surveillance. pictures, videos and texts online here (we are completing the
information and will soon launch it)
<http://www.reverso.org/Morf4_MICRODANAS-PERF.htm>
http://www.reverso.org/Morf4_MICRODANAS-PERF.htm --- but the theoretical
frameworks are not to be understood as ground for, nor as based upon, the
work, they emerge in feedback and constitute independent fields, what other
modes of thinking regarding the work there may be I do not know.

 

 

So all these branches relate in different ways within the field of collapse
of the contingent structures of our cultural traditions, knowledges, social
structures and power, and we can work in between to create novel zones,
bodies and architectures for new kinds of post-subjectivity.

 

 

In the following post I will continue commenting on other related fields, as
queer, postporn, performativity and postperformativity.

 

all best

jaime

 

 

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