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      Under the Surface of Images: Low-tech images produced by handheld devices for performance practice


      Proceedings of EVA London 2020 (EVA 2020)

      AI and the Arts: Artificial Imagination

      6th July – 9th July 2020

      Live performance, Handheld devices, Low-tech image, Spectacle, Neuro-aesthetics, Semiotics of image



            ‘Under the surface of images’ is a phrase used by Michel Foucault in the book Discipline and Punish when referring to the means in which Surveillance is implicated in the discipline, regulation, and normalisation of the body. Here in this paper is used to understand what can be unveil by low-tech images from two different situations: the first concerns Jazmine Headley’s case that had happen in the United States in 2018. The second is related with my practice as an artist and the use of handheld devices in my live performance This is a Low-Tech Movie . In the paper I propose to discuss the use of technology devices as tools for visibility and emotional memory imprint – as described by the neuroscientist Boris Cyrulnik – and how this knowledge can be used in performance practice. The paper is be divided into two main sections, one related to technology and ways of perception, with articles from Jonathan Crary, Camille Barker, and Boris Cyrulnik and, one to the discussion of the concept of 'low-tech image' or 'poor image' produced by handheld devices and developed in my own performance practice.


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            July 2020
            July 2020
            : 158-165
            [0001]Atelier Concorde, Portugal
            © Duarte. Published by BCS Learning & Development Ltd. Proceedings of EVA London 2020

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            Proceedings of EVA London 2020
            EVA 2020
            6th July – 9th July 2020
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            AI and the Arts: Artificial Imagination
            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
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            Electronic Workshops in Computing


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            6. 2007 Digital Performance: A History of New Media in Theatre, Dance, Performance Art and Installation Cambridge, MIT Press Books

            7. 2018 ‘The Grabbed Her Baby and Arrested Her. Now Jazmine Headley is Speaking Out’ The New York Times 16 December 2018

            8. 2009 'In Defence of the Poor Image' E-Flux, 10 November https://www.eflux.com/journal/10/61362/in-defense-of-the-poor-image/ 1 January 2016


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