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Recorporealization and the Mediated Body

Douglas Rosenberg

in Screendance

Published in print June 2012 | ISBN: 9780199772612
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199949670 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199772612.003.0003
Recorporealization and the Mediated Body

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This chapter theorizes the creation of impossible or screenic bodies via screen techniques. Screendance is a literal construction of a choreography that is contingent upon its rendering in either film, video or digital technologies. Neither the dance nor the method of rendering are in service to each other, but are rather partners or collaborators in the creation of a hybrid form. It is a double graft, both screenic and kinesthetic. Recorporealization occurs at the interstices between the multiple practices of dance and the techniques and materiality of media. It is based on the idea that the filmed body is a kind of Frankenstein, temporally dislocated and awaiting authorial reanimation. The raw data of the dancing body is stitched together in the editing process of either film or video, resulting in an impossible body, unencumbered by gravity, technique, time, or death. The chapter also discusses how film and digital media can resurrect the deceased body.

Keywords: recorporealization; time; hybrid forms; death; screenic bodies; film, video; digital technology; reanimation

Chapter.  7361 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Dance

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