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Interfaces between Physical and Virtual Bodies in Merce Cunningham’s BIPED

  • The Korean Journal of Dance Studies
  • Abbr : KRSDS
  • 2018, 70(3), pp.71-96
  • DOI : 10.16877/kjds.70.3.201808.71
  • Publisher : The Korean Society for Dance Studies
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Dance
  • Received : July 15, 2018
  • Accepted : July 27, 2018
  • Published : August 31, 2018

Seok Jin Han 1

1한국예술종합학교

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ABSTRACT

The paper explored philosophical and aesthetic implications of a virtual body in the context of a live dance performance Merce Cunningham’s BIPED(1999), based on social and cultural discourses on a virtual body as well as theories of two philosophers Maurice Merleau-Ponty and Gilles Deleuze. As a result, it argued that in the performance, the digital and human performers coexist as independent multiplicities of a dancing subject, being allied to each other without a sense of hierarchy. The juxtaposition of two types of dancers as well as the oscillations of embodied movements between the virtual and physical realm allow audiences to locate on the threshold of the physical and the virtual.

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