[-empyre-] Liquid Blackness, Matter & Flesh

Alessandra Raengo araengo at gsu.edu
Sun Apr 10 06:00:03 AEST 2016

Thank you for sharing this fascinating work, Johannes
It truly seems very compatible to the sensibility that "liquid blackness" attempts to describe

I don’t know if I have an answer to your question but my inclination would be to say that while movement might not have a color, per se, affect attaches to colors. I am going to borrow an expression that Derek just put in play with his first post: the idea of an “affective sensorium”. It is through that mechanism that I think color might be felt in distinctive ways.

Thanks again


Alessandra Raengo, PhD
Associate Professor, Moving Image Studies
Department of Communication, Georgia State University
araengo at gsu.edu 

> On Apr 9, 2016, at 10:56 AM, Johannes Birringer <Johannes.Birringer at brunel.ac.uk> wrote:
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> fascinating discussion, I have only been able to glimpse
> but will try to catch up at some point, here just to say thank you
> and wondering momentarily about movement, space, form, light,
> sound.
> last night we opened a new immersive dance installation to the public
> (our piece is called 'metakimosphere'), a work where kinetic
> architectures dynamically interact with matter and flesh, one could say,
> and with the sound the black fabrics create, what I am mostly trying to
> process, though (for my own learning, engaging with people who
> ate blind or vision impaired), was the experence of the pre-audition
> yesterday when we led a group of blind people through the darkened
> space of movement, where nothing is necessarily seen, yet can be felt.
> The blind visitors asked to touch the costumes of the dancers (which
> generate the sound). the movement is sound, but does one speak
> of a color of movement in this sense?  The 'liquidity" i tried to aim
> for in the scenography was inspired by the architectural concept
> of liquidity (Marcos Novak), but not in the digital sense at all. Most
> of the forms we use are tactile sculptural, anamorphic.
> where 'representation' falters a little, at least. 
> affects?  attaching meanings and metaphors nevertheless seems unavoidable for the toucher.
> regards
> Johannes Birringer
> DAP-Lab 
> London
> 'Performance Architectures, Wearables and Gestures of Participation'
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