By Susan Kozel
In Closer, Susan Kozel attracts on concert perform, electronic applied sciences, and the philosophical procedure of phenomenology. proficient in dance and philosophy, Kozel locations the human physique on the heart of explorations of interactive interfaces, responsive platforms, and affective computing, asking what should be found as we turn into in the direction of our desktops -- as they turn into extensions of our methods of considering, relocating, and touching.
Performance, Kozel argues, can act as a catalyst for knowing wider social and cultural makes use of of electronic know-how. Taking this one step additional, performative acts of sharing the physique via our electronic units foster a collaborative building of recent actual states, degrees of awake wisdom, or even ethics. We reencounter ourselves and others via our interactive computers. What we'd like now are conceptual and methodological frameworks to mirror this.
Kozel bargains a well timed remodeling of the phenomenology of French thinker Maurice Merleau-Ponty. this technique, in response to a appreciate for lived adventure, starts by means of hearing the senses and noting insights that arrive in the middle of dance, or with no trouble in the course of existence. the mix of functionality and phenomenology provided through nearer yields entwinements among adventure and mirrored image that make clear, problematize, or restructure scholarly ways to human our bodies utilizing electronic applied sciences.
After outlining her method and technique and clarifying the main suggestions of functionality, applied sciences, and virtuality, Kozel applies phenomenological approach to the event of designing and acting in various computational structures: telematics, movement catch, responsive architectures, and wearable computing.
The transformative power of the alchemy among our bodies and applied sciences is the basis of nearer. With cautious layout, destiny generations of responsive platforms and cellular units can extend our social, actual, and emotional exchanges. Susan Kozel is affiliate Professor within the university of Interactive Arts and expertise at Simon Fraser college, Vancouver, Canada.