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Fleshing Out: Intermedial Bodies and Dancers-in-Code

Klich, Rosemary E. (2015) Fleshing Out: Intermedial Bodies and Dancers-in-Code. Journal of the Korean Dance Society, 73 (3). pp. 225-244. (KAR id:44798)


Drawing on new media theory, particularly on Mark Hansen’s understanding of the ‘body-in-code’, this article explores the nature of the performing body as unfixed, in process and intrinsically intermedial. Both Wayne McGregor/Random Dance’s Undance and Klaus Obermaier’s Rites explore the very ontology of dance, the material body, in its relationship to the media technologies through which it is remediated, and affirm its rematerialisation. When viewed through a lens of new media theory, applications of new technologies onstage can be recognized as utilizing intermedial strategies to showcase the interconnection of human embodiment and media technology. The concept of intermediality and an understanding of the ‘intermedial body’ avoid reinforcing the opposition of disembodied information and material corporeality. Rather than suggesting the disappearance or undoing of the body, these works reposition the human body as active in the framing and function of new media technologies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: intermediality, technology, Wayne McGregor, Klaus Obermaier, embodiment, media, dance
Subjects: N Visual Arts > NX Arts in general
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN2000 Dramatic representation. The theatre
Divisions: Divisions > Division of Arts and Humanities > School of Arts
Depositing User: R. Klich
Date Deposited: 18 Nov 2014 13:36 UTC
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2021 14:42 UTC
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