Hello, this is Marlon. Hey Tony! I would add to the list offered by Johannes the visionary text "The Cyborg Manifesto" by Donna Haraway and her book "Primate Visions". I consider her texts very relevant due to her background as a biologist and a science historian focusing we construct and perform with "human" bodies. It is not directly a marxist text, sometimes called cyber-feminist. "Primate Visions" reminds us how science (primatology and evolutionary psychology) has helped to construct "human nature" and the ways in which they have been used to justify power structures and capitalist interests. Midnight rant from an Aging Dancer that don't want to be a Choreographer The Political Body...trained body... The interface is Political... PC MAC LINUX? Who is your sponsor? How old are your dancers? Are they fat? Do you do Pilates or Yoga? Just ballet? can you afford your sensors? See you in the festival... Where is Bill Forsythe from? yes, we are just simple projected geometries is motion capture dead? Her work has been so important for me...we are going to co-labourate Are you using Max or PD? Which University do you work with? Is she doing dance and technology in Africa? no, no, she is French... Are drums interactive technology? Do size really matters? Is communication a social construction? How many times did we write "emergence", "locative" or "architecture" in a grant application for a dance performance...this year? The unconscious is political...indeed Is the army funding your research? You got that grant because you are a minority...who cares! In dance practices...the endorphins help the "branding" Do dance and technology create social change? I mean the performances? Interesting creatures that dwell in private properties, creators and copyrights We shop ...therefore we are...human? Johannes Birringer <Johannes.Birringer@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: hello all indeed, an unusual question, we've never had a Marxist debate on the means/relations of production on our dance tech lists.. (this has been an interesting autumn, though, so far) as to further references for study, one of the dance critics that jumps to my mind is Randy Martin, who has written interestingly and provocatively on motion as a social force. See his essay "Dance and its Others [theory, state, nation & socalism]", in Andre Lepecki, ed., Of the Presence of the Body, Middletown: Wesleyan Univ. Press, 2004, pp. 47-63, and his earlier books, Critical Moves (1998) and Performance as Political Act (1990). Thanks, Matt, for your reply, and for the critical response to "Sea Unsea". If I get the time next week, I shall add some comments on "3 Atmospheric Studies" and "Desh" (Rosas) regards Johannes Birringer Dap-Lab, London http://www.brunel.ac.uk/dap <<< Matt wrote>> Marxist critiques of dance are normally associated with feminist perspectives, so issues of labour & (dance)technology are usually superseded by gender & (dance)technology. I'm assuming you ask your question in a 'non-gendered' sense so I'll respond accordingly. >>>>>>> Searching the archive of both this list and the old list no one has raised your specific question. I can't recall any dance texts that explore that specific space, perhaps someone else knows? The question is dependant on an understanding of the dance/technology which is only just starting to settle. Most dance-tech texts highlight connections rather than looking for answers, so its doubtful you will find critical analysis. MG Marlon Barrios Solano embodied interactive design teaching/consulting/design/performance New York City Real Time Techne 2.0 http://www.unstablelandscape.net/blog/ unstablelandscape http://unstablelandscape.blogspot.com/ Interactive Environments for Performance http://www.unstablelandscape.net/liu/ Citizen Journalism http://www.unstablelandscape.net/ecomedia/ cell phone in USA: 614-4462175 Skypein: country code+1(916) 226-9062 Skype name: unstablelandscape IChat name unstablelandscap --------------------------------- Want to start your own business? Learn how on Yahoo! Small Business.