Entrainment Accounts of Intra-action for Intermedia and Metabody Cybernetics.

TitleEntrainment Accounts of Intra-action for Intermedia and Metabody Cybernetics.
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsFreed, Adrian
Refereed DesignationRefereed
Conference NameHacking Big Data Brother: From Biometrics to Intra-action
Date Published07/2015
Conference LocationMadrid, Spain
Abstract I explore various formulations of the concept of entrainment as a way to model and operationalize intra-actions in intermedia performance practice. Data (Big or otherwise) in these formulations are subjugated (via OSC) to disposable utterances that serve an accounting role analogous to the roles energy, action, momentum serve in physics. An important strength of entrainment is that it requires neither telos, a stable presupposition of an arrow of time, nor causality – and yet these elements often enter our biased accounts of and tools for intra-action. I erect exemplary fences against these biases by adducing common biases that produce them, the anthroposonsorialcentrisms that include: language-induced causality, binarisms and active-systems. Examples will include a dance that involves the kinect body tracker and the sensitivity of interpretation of heavenly bodies to the observer's position (bias).