Towards a Mappable Database of Emergent Gestural Meaning

Nort, Doug Van and Jarvis, Ian and Palumbo, Michael

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

This paper presents our work towards a database of performance activity that is grounded in an embodied view on meaning creation that crosses sense modalities. Our system design is informed by the philosophical and aesthestic intentions of the laboratory context within which it is designed, focused on distribution of performance activity across temporal and spatial dimensions, and expanded notions of the instrumental system as environmental performative agent. We focus here on design decisions that result from this overarching worldview on digitally-mediated performance.