Performer as perceiver: perceiver as performer

Matthew Rodger, Johann Issartel, Sile O'Modhrain

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The proposition in the title of this paper is intended to draw a link between psychological processes involved in aesthetic gestural performance (e.g. music, dance) for both performers and perceivers. In the performance scenario, the player/dancer/etc., perceptually guides their actions, and acquires the skill for a performance through their previous perceptions. On the other side, the perceiver watching, listening to and experiencing another’s motor performance, simulates the actions of the performance within the range of their own motor capabilities. These phenomena are possible due to common mechanisms of action and perception, and in tandem provide the basis for the rich experience of gestural performance.
This paper reviews evidence for these claims, using examples from the domains of music and dance performance. Questions that arise from these propositions are addressed and suggested empirical explorations of these ideas are given. Further problems in incorporating these theories about gestural performance experience within Enaction are highlighted for future discussion.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-240
JournalProceedings of the 4th International Conference on Enactive Interfaces 2007
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventENACTIVE 07: Enaction in Arts - Grenoble, France
Duration: 19 Nov 200724 Nov 2007


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