In this project, our research involves a navigation between quantitative and qualitative approaches to interpreting and constructing meaning in the moving body. We are evaluating complex relations of agency between data as represented in a biometric archive, versus the phenomenological perspective of the performer and observer. Placing specific emphasis on perceptions of duration, tempo, and rhythm within physiology, action, and environment, we are devising a series of embodied experiments with biosensors in performance.
Areas of investigation in these experiments include temporal relations between heart rate with:
- Respiration and nervous function;
- Body movements, in regards to speed, shape, effort, and space;
- Human interactions, including co-improvisations that involve eye contact, touch, and weight sharing, as well as the presence of observers;
- Visualization and memory techniques; and
- Sensory and environmental interactions, for example entrainments with sound, light, and video.
During each experiment, data is recorded in a number of ways, including:
- Software which visualizes the biometric data from each participant;
- Audio and video recordings of the event (synced with the biometric archive);
- Qualitative accounts of the experience from each participant (written and/or verbal); and
- Reflections from observers regarding the interactive relations (written and/or verbal).
The purpose of these experiments is to develop embodied practices of interaction, which are based on mutual awareness and multi-directional flows of influence. Given quantitative and qualitative feedback, the performer, as well as the directors and observers, may cultivate creative strategies by which to “move the relation” of temporalities amidst physiology, action, and environment. In this scenario, there is no singular locus of control, nor an identifiable departure and conclusion to a given interaction. By inviting participants with diverse abilities and experiences of embodiment to participate in the experiments, we aim to elaborate a wealth of approaches to somatic and digital interaction.
Experiments to date include: