Research Axis 1 : The senses, embodiment & movement

Performativity and enactment, Temporality; dynamics and processuality, Perception and affect

This research axis brings together research-creation projects that explore the associations between the body, technology and the social sciences within contemporary culture and the media of everyday life (Munster 2009, Massumi 2006, Varela 1991, Manning 2009). Exploring the unavoidable relationship between technology and the “moving-thinking-feeling” body—both human and otherwise (Stern 2013), within this axis, the following three themes have been identified:

Performativity and Enactment;
Temporality, Dynamics and Process;
Perception, Affection and Sensation;

Researchers predominantly identified with the first theme explore how performative practices span different epistemic cultures (Knorr-Cetina 1999) from performative practices in laboratory science working with biological matter such as human, plant and animal tissues to technological arrangements that involve participants directly interacting with aware environments.

Here performance acts as a “boundary object” linking the arts, technology and humanities with the social and natural sciences (Diebner 2006, Latour 1987, Pickering 1995). Researchers predominantly associated with the second theme investigate how technical systems are temporally organized, sequenced and set into motion in and over time as are the resulting “vitality forms” (Stern 2010) that are created in perceivers as a result. Finally, researchers mainly engaged with the third theme explore how multi-modal sense impressions extend our senses into the world (McLuhan 1964).



Axis leader : Armando Menicacci

Professor at Département de danse Université du Québec à Montréal

Responsable d'axe : Armando Menicacci
Biography Armando Menicacci

After studying dance and music, Armando Menicacci obtained a master's degree in musicology from the University of Rome and a doctorate on the relationship between dance and digital technologies at the University of Paris 8. Between 1999 and 2009 he founded and directed Médiadanse, a research laboratory, pedagogy and creation on the relationship between dance and the media at the University of Paris 8. He is currently Professor in the Department of Dance at UQAM. He has published several articles and books in the fields of music, dance and new technologies. He has collaborated with several choreographers such as Alain Buffard, Vincent Dupont, Rachid Ouramdane and Steven Cohen among others. With Christian Delecluse, he founded the Digitalflesh collective (, active between 2005 and 2011. He then became an associate artist at the National Theater in Reims (France), creating creations for the stage, videos and Interactive facilities.

  • 2013 Bâtisseurs de passages secrets, in "Art Press 2", L'art à l'ère du tout numérique, mai 2013, pp. 125-133.
  • 2012 Mourir le moins possible, in « Transdigital Cookbook », n.3, Technocité-Le manège, Bruxelles, Juin 2012, pp. 94-97.
  • 2007 Un Interstice Impalpable, in « Scènes d'architecture », Paris Editions du Patrimoine - Centre des Monuments Nationaux, pp 18-23.
  • 2006 Etendre la perception ? Transferts intermodeaux et biofeedback en danse, in « Nouvelles de danse », n.50, Bruxelles, Contredanse.

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