Phd Pilot test one at the space dundee Scotland 22 may - 13 June 2017
During this Pilot Test I captured my movements on video and biometric tools: the accelerometer cell phone apps, Sensor Kinect and VibSensor, that I attached to two parts of my body: lower back and hand for example. Theses tools captured the performance of my movements using somatic instructions, for example the 8 Basic Effort Actions of Laban, governed by weight, space, time and flow. The eight basic effort actions are: wring, press, flick, dab, glide, float, punch and slash. I exported the images of the graphical data created by the apps as well as the .csv files that recorded the XYZ coordinates of my movement: X = acceleration, Y= direction, Z = orientation in space. After each experience I gave feedback directly to the camera, drew a hieroglyph of the memory of the movements and sensations, wrote a list of words or sentences that reflected the somatosensory experiences and photographed them. Problems with using these methods were not edited out as they became part of my research ams: to recognise and describe the inherent tension between the perception and visualisation of human movement.
Then I explored somatic movement inspired by metaphoric ideokinetic imagery: moving as a plastic bag, moving with sand inside my body for example. I also explored moving with the iPhone meditation app - Calm attached to my body whilst listening to a meditation. Lastly I used the Somatic Scores of Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir using the Somatic Score: plasticity, flow, fascia work, space in between, releasing with light, stop with dualistic thinking, experience vs performance. Finally I explored Andrea Olsen's Somatic Guide to Dancing and Dance Making, methods that she has accumulated from a variety of sources and methods that choreographers have used over the years. I explored Day One and Two of her methods and intend to carry on until Day Thirty One as revisiting these methods is an iterative process and may inspire other methods.
With all these methods I am attempting to fulfill the aims of using scientific quantitative methods of measuring and visualising human movement using wearable and non-wearable biometric tools, with qualitative methods to capture somatosensory experiences - using dance, written texts, drawn images and digital self-reflexive verbal and nonverbal descriptions. Later I want to transpose the quantitative and qualitative data into digital-dance visualisations to enhance digital dance practice. Above all it will become a research project that recognises and describes the inherent tension between the perception and visualisation of human movement, an interdisciplinary research and plan of work that is an interpretive epistemology.