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ItemExpressing technological metaphors in dance using structural illusion from embodied motion(ACM, 2013-06) Maranan, Diego S. ; Schiphorst, Thecla ; Hwang, Albert ; Hwang, AlbertWe illustrate how technology has influenced creative, embodied practices in urban dance styles by analyzing how technological metaphors underlie conceptual representations of the body, space, and movement in three related styles of urban dance: liquid, digitz, and finger tutting. The creative and technical embodied practices of urban dancers are not well understood in either the ethnographic or creative movement scholarly literature. Following an exploratory netnography of movement practitioners, we claim that unlike most dancers of traditional genres or other urban dance styles, dancers of these three styles frequently employ representations of the body and of space that are geometrical, mathematical, mechanical, or digital. To explain how viewers perceive and understand these metaphors, we extend the perceptual theory of structure from motion in order to apply dance performance reception theory to a model we call 'Structural Illusion from Embodied Motion' (SIEM). Our analysis of performance techniques of these styles suggests that during performance, dancers leverage SIEM to represent two types of 'illusions' to viewers: a) the dancer's body has a reconfigurable structure; and b) the dancer is immersed in a virtual environment that contains invisible, mutable objects and structures that are revealed only through the dancer's movement. The three dance styles exemplify a trend in popular dance in which body, space, and time are understood in the language of technology.
ItemImagining the Future from the Margins( 2023-11-22) Maranan, Diego S.Exploring past visions of the future reveals two key insights: First, we are not always great at predicting the future, but we are good (and unavoidably so) at shaping it. How the future unfolds is shaped by our present imaginings. Second, what the future looks like depends on where you’re looking at it from. Mainstream media, particularly Hollywood, often hands us meticulously crafted visions of the future. Rarely does the wider public get a chance to participate in crafting these images. In this talk, I share some of the creative projects—spanning dance, installation art, AI-generated imagery, and wearable technology design—that my colleagues and I have undertaken. These projects point towards anticipatory approaches to the future that ask, what happens when our images of the future emerge from the fringes rather than conventional centers of power, influence, and imagination?
ItemThe Value of the Arts and Humanities to Science in the Philippines( 2022-06-01) Maranan, Diego S.This report discusses interim findings from the Creative Turn in the Sciences project, in which we explore and describe the state of art and science activities and collaborations—what has been variously referred to as “sciart” or “artscience”—in the Philippines. We argue that creative, transformative science can be supported along multiple fronts by engagement with the arts and humanities. As such, our view of creative industries need not be limited to currently identified ranges of cultural products and services. Artists can access new sources of not only funding and support, but also knowledge and inspiration, through engaging artscience in their work. If one of the value propositions of the arts is that it can provide a service, we propose that the arts and humanities could productively offer their services to the science R&D community in novel and underexplored ways. Our main contribution is the SHARES framework for enabling arts and humanities contribution to science research and translation (section 4). Based on our interviews, the arts only minimally influences science and tech R&D in the Philippines, but only because it is usually not usually afforded the opportunity to do it more regularly or more deeply, if at all. However, the arts and humanities can lead to transformative and creative science processes and outcomes, and there is a nascent artscience community of practice in the Philippines that could benefit from support. To this end, funders, professional research organizations, and educational institutions can contribute to enabling shares through a number of ways: # Keep (or include) the Arts in the ST(R)EAM acronym # Retrofit existing programs to include discussion on and practice in artscience # Create opportunities for internships and real-world alternative learning activities # Ringfence funding for artscience collaborations # Provide mechanisms for long-term monitoring and evaluation # Consider new forms of cultural work and new models for patronage # Take the lead as coordinators and mentors # Provide opportunities for both formal disciplinal dialogue and serendipitous interactions # Strike while the iron is hot