Bodies of knowledge: art and embodied cognition

Wilson, Anne Scott 2019, Bodies of knowledge: art and embodied cognition, Melbourne, Vic., 2019/06/27 - 2019/06/29, Burwood, Vic., Deakin University.

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Title Bodies of knowledge: art and embodied cognition
Creator(s) Wilson, Anne Scott
Conference, exhibition or event name Body of Knowledge. Conference (2nd : 2019 : Melbourne, Vic.)
Conference, exhibition or event location Melbourne, Vic.
Conference, exhibition or event dates 2019/06/27 - 2019/06/29
Publication date 2019
Series Body of Knowledge Conference
Description of resource Conference paper and presentation of A Ghost in the Machine
Publisher Deakin University
Place of publication Burwood, Vic.
Keyword(s) Drones
Artificial intelligence
Dance
Subjectivities
Art
Summary By unpacking push and pull between humans and machines over 5 days in a studio environment that shaped a recent project, I will reflect on how AI measures, communicates and engages with humans and what it is to be human in a digital culture. With three performers, a director and two AI specialists in a partly improvised partly choreographed performance for an imagined audience I started with the premise that subjectivities experienced while dancing cannot be measured as data. I hoped to frustrate the programming of an autonomous airborne drone by distinguishing between movement and dance to emphasise the subjective. Initially I attempted to video a dancer’s multi-dimensional visual memory of choreographic sequences, however this idea became subsumed by the presence and behaviour of the drone. I then recorded dance sequences showing an anthropomorphic partnership emerging between us with a mechanical eye. Relationships evolved emotionally, gaining momentum – anger, playfulness, fear, love, and suspicion shaped each performance.The paper will draw on Evan Thompsons’ articulation of imagination and embodiment and Felix Stadler’s ‘Stop Making Sense’ lecture at ‘The New Alphabet’ in which he explores differences between how humans make meaning and AI uses data. Both philosophers define subjectivities in terms of embodiment. Using their thesis as a starting point, the paper will be a 20-minute video showing the evolution of the project from diverse perspectives.
Notes This paper is part of a conference and is being extended into a book chapter for Palgrave Publishers. My abstract has been accepted and the focus coming from the NTRO work will be a TRO that 'highlight [s] the existing critical and theoretical conversation around their topics/texts, and then explain how they fit into it.' of the above. The ISBN and DOI is expected to be confirmed 2020
Language eng
HERDC Research category J2 Minor original creative works
Copyright notice ©2019, Anne Scott Wilson
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30121001

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