Mark Coeckelbergh (Professor of Technology and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University) will be giving a public lecture at Goldsmiths entitled "On the Phenomenology of Dancing with Robots".
When philosophers of technology look at technological practices they tend to overlook the area of dance and performance. This is unfortunate, since technology and materiality also plays a role in dance, and contemporary dance practices often explicitly thematize the relation between humans and digital technology. It is a site where interests from philosophy of technology, philosophy of mind-body, cognitive science (embodied cognition), dance studies, and so on can meet. This talk zooms in on some dance practices in which robots play a role, tries to conceptualize the human-technology relation(s) in such encounters and interactions, and asks how moving machines and moving with machines shape the dance experience and subjectivity of the dancer. The speaker also seeks to explore, together with the audience, how these experiences of dancing with robots differ from other technologically mediated dance experiences, and what kind of dance-technology experiments could be done to further develop this research.
Mark Coeckelbergh is Professor of Technology and Social Responsibility at De Montfort University, UK. He has a background in philosophy (PhD University of Birmingham, UK) and is also engaged in interdisciplinary research, for instance in European projects DREAM and SATORI and in a collaboration with researchers in dance studies. His publications include Growing Moral Relations (2012), Human Being @ Risk (2013), Environmental Skill (2015), Money Machines (2015) and numerous articles in the area of philosophy of technology, in particular the ethics of robotics and ICTs. Currently he is interested in the phenomenology of robots and dance.
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