Bodies in light: Mediating states of presence

French, Michaela (2017) Bodies in light: Mediating states of presence. In: Digital Bodies: Creativity and Technology in the Arts and Humanities. Palgrave Studies in Performance and Technology Series . Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9781349952403

Abstract

Bodies in Light investigates how the convergence of light, body and technology can evoke states of presence through creative practice in the context of both real world and technologically mediated environments. Throughout history the interwoven relationship between body and light has been a catalyst for discovery, technological innovation and creative expression. Light has been harnessed, measured, manipulated and investigated in order to expand knowledge and create experiences which abstract and re-frame our somatic perspectives. Whether mediated by technology or evolving cultural paradigms, light focuses our attention, frames our narratives and initiates states of presence which enable us to examine and reflect upon our embodied human condition. This chapter discusses a range of approaches and strategies artists use to elicit states of presence through the convergence of light, body and technology in response to specific artworks and immersive projection environments.

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