Saturday, November 3, 2007

Reading Highlights

Choreography As a Cenotaph: The Memory of Movement by Gabriele Brandstetter

In dissecting a text, or a dance, sometimes it helps to start simply by recalling your favorite fragments. Since blue is my favorite color I will quote using it.

Forsythe's Limb's Theorem is described as "a theatre of the memory of movement"
pg 104

re: Rosner's interest in supplemental material
"The programme booklet is part of this choreographic theorem"
describing the booklet's graphs/graphics/geometries/incisions
"Choreography - as a sketching of paths, as cartography -is 'folded' into these pages."
pg 106

"As well as meaning 'extremity', the word 'limb' (deriving from the Latin limbus = 'hem' or 'edge') also designates the form of the circle and arc in instruments used for measuring and drafting angles."
Cartography - Notation and Memory of Movement
Palace of Knossos, Ariadne, labyrinth, thread, Daedalus, Minotaur
"All memory is spatial."
pg 108

Henri Bergson on image/movement
Domenico de Piacenza on image/movement (memoria and fantasma)
pg 110

quoting Forsythe program "your kinesphere functions as a memory"

"The 'transhuman' re-embodiment of the moving body in cyberspace perhaps marks a further station in the instumentalisation process of cultural history, in the development of technologies which Michel de Certeau termed 'the apparatuses of incarnation'."

"As an everyday activity, walking becomes a patern of choreography as cartography: an act of describing paths of motion and their crossings; nothing less than a mapping"

choreography as graph making, map making, cartography
memory is spatial
body as locus for memory
memory involves the image/movement binary
dance and choreography in the mneumonotecnical matrix

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