Augmented Embodied Performance – Extended Artistic Room, Enacted Teacher, and Humanisation of Technology

Lindell, Rikard and Kumlin, Tomas

Proceedings of the International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression

We explore the phenomenology of embodiment based on research through design and reflection on the design of artefacts for augmenting embodied performance. We present three designs for highly trained musicians; the designs rely on the musicians’ mastery acquired from years of practice. Through the knowledge of the living body their instruments – saxophone, cello, and flute – are extensions of themselves; thus, we can explore technology with rich nuances and precision in corporeal schemas. With the help of Merleau-Ponty’s phenomenology of embodiment we present three hypotheses for augmented embodied performance: the extended artistic room, the interactively enacted teacher, and the humanisation of technology.