Moving Bodies

  • Brigid M. CostelloEmail author
Part of the Springer Series on Cultural Computing book series (SSCC)


We are used to thinking and speaking about knowledge as something primarily produced by abstract thought, despite being aware that knowledge also resides in our practices, in our doing as well as our thinking. Practical bodily knowledge and its relationship to rhythm is the focus of this chapter. We explore the bodily intelligence involved in rhythmic experience, its relationship to the ways we can move our bodies and the ways these bodies can be in turn moved by it. As we will see, this type of bodily intelligence communicates but does so in a different way to words. It speaks of anticipation, expectation, speed and temporal relationships. It speaks of flux and flow, and patterned durations. Our interaction designs can both speak this language to our users and listen to what their rhythmed bodies are saying. To evaluate these aspects of our designs we need to choose methods that tap into our own bodily intelligence as well as that of our participants. We also need to attend to the impact our interface rhythms might have on the human body as it moves. Leading us into this discussion is an interview with Simon Barker, a composer, drummer and lecturer in Jazz studies who has spent several years working with traditional Korean musicians and shamans. Not surprisingly, given his practice, Simon Barker’s interview focuses on the relationship between rhythm and bodily movement: a relationship that he says is integral to understanding rhythm and the knowledge it produces. The three sections that follow Simon Barker’s interview expand on the theme of bodily movement to discuss: what kinds of knowledge are involved in rhythmic movement? How can this type of rhythmic knowledge be communicated and analysed? And what are some of the factors designers need to consider when designing rhythms for moving bodies?


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of the Arts and MediaThe University of New South WalesSydneyAustralia

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