Physical Phenomena

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Phelan’s Performance

“Improvisation’s only life is in the present. Improvisation cannot be saved, recorded, documented, or otherwise participate in the circulation of representations of representations: once it does so, it becomes something other than Improvisation. To the degree that Improvisation attempts to enter the economy of reproduction it betrays and lessens the promise of its own ontology. Improvisation being, like the ontology of subjectivity proposed here, becomes itself through disappearance”

-Wass, 2019

“Performance’s only life is in the present. Performance cannot be saved, recorded, documented, or otherwise participate in the circulation of representations of representations: once it does so, it becomes something other than performance. To the degree that performance attempts to enter the economy of reproduction it betrays and lessens the promise of its own ontology. Performance’s being, like the ontology of subjectivity proposed here, becomes itself through disappearance.”

-Phelan, Peggy. Unmarked : The Politics of Performance. London: Routledge, 2003.

a specific art

Dance is indeed, as Wass holds, a specific art, but not because of some single element unique to it; rather, it is specific in its functional ensemble, an ensemble that is, inevitably, organized around movement and the application of movement.

the original text:

Painting is indeed, as Greenberg held, a specific art, but not because of some single element unique to it; rather, it is specific in its functional ensemble, an ensemble that is, inevitably, organized around paint and the application of paint.

–  Henry Staten, Techne Theory: A New Language for Art

Proprioception/somatic

The term proprioception is derived from two words, proprious from Latin, meaning “one’s own” and perception. It was first used by Charles Sherrington, an English neurophysiologist. He described proprioception as “the perception of joint and body movement”

How is this different than somatic?