Mediating and Visualizing Paxton’s Material for the Spine
Through a close reading of Material for the Spine (Paxton 2008) Stancliffe examines how the artistic and movement philosophies of American choreographer Steve Paxton (1939–) are successfully digitally mediated in a way that is not possible through traditional systems of documentation such as movement notation. This chapter examines how the creative and analytic affordances of video annotation and animation illuminate ‘hidden’ facets of movement not immediately accessible in video alone, namely the imagined spatial and sensorial experience particular to Paxton’s practice. Material for the Spine is important to acknowledge in the discussion of cultural heritage as it sets a precedent for augmenting video to articulate and reveal the inner structures of movement and experience which is then transmitted through media objects.
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