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Closer: Performance, Technologies, Phenomenology

Susan Kozel


This book draws on live performance practice, digital technologies, and the philosophical approach of phenomenology. The human body is placed at the center of explorations of interactive interfaces, responsive systems, and affective computing. The author asks what can be discovered as we become closer to our computers—as they become extensions of our ways of thinking, moving, and touching. Performance can act as a catalyst for understanding wider social and cultural uses of digital technology. Taking this one step further, performative acts of sharing the body through our digital devices foste ... More

Keywords: human body, interactive interfaces, responsive systems, affective computing, physical states, conscious awareness, ethics, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, methodology, virtuality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780262113106
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262113106.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Kozel, author