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Journal of Embodied Research
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(8:29). DOI: https://doi.org/10.16995/jer.64
Published: 09 October 2020
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de Roza, E, et al. 2020. Embodiment and Social
Distancing: Editorial.
Journal of Embodied Research
,
3(2): 1 (8:29). DOI: https://doi.org/10.16995/jer.64
EDITORIAL
Embodiment and Social Distancing:
Editorial
Elizabeth de Roza1, Nathalie S. Fari2, Cara Hagan3 and
Ben Spatz4
1 LASALLE College of the Arts, SG
2 University of Gothenburg, SE
3 Appalachian State University, US
4UniversityofHudderseld,GB
Correspondingauthor:BenSpatz(b.spatz@hud.ac.uk)
We are at a point in history in which bodies are linked in truly unprecedented
ways. There are new types of limitations, new opportunities, and also new
kinds of violence taking place through these connections. It is a lot to
take in and very challenging to grasp as it unfolds. In this editorial video
essay, the editors of the
Journal of Embodied Research
’s special issue on
“embodiment and social distancing” introduce the fteen video essays that
follow.
Keywords: embodiment; social distancing; video essay; practice research;
artistic research; video art
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VIDEO EDITORIAL
Available to view here: https://doi.org/10.16995/jer.64.
Available for download here: https://doi.org/10.16995/jer.64.s1.
VIDEO EDITORIAL TRANSCRIPT
[00:10]
JER
3.2 (1): “Embodiment and Social Distancing: Editorial”
ABSTRACT: We are at a point in history in which bodies are linked in truly
unprecedented ways. There are new types of limitations, new opportunities, and also
new kinds of violence taking place through these connections. It is a lot to take in and
very challenging to grasp as it unfolds. In this editorial video essay, the editors of the
Journal of Embodied Research’s special issue on “embodiment and social distancing”
introduce the fifteen video essays that follow.
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[Ben Spatz:]
Welcome!
This is an editorial video essay for the Journal of Embodied Research special
issue on embodiment and social distancing. We are at a time in history in
which bodies are linked together in truly unprecedented ways. There are new
types of limitations, new opportunities, and also new kinds of violence that
are moving across these links. It’s a lot to take in and it’s very challenging to
grasp as it unfolds.
The Journal of Embodied Research is a platform that explores embodied
practice as a kind of audiovisual thought; and in which the formal relations
between textuality and audiovisuality are explored from the perspective of
embodiment.
The four of us are recording this video essay across twelve hours of time
zones and we have an exciting collection of fifteen video essays to share
with you, created by contributors from twelve countries, involving at
least four languages, and very diverse in their approach to form and
content.
This format is also a first for the journal. The call for shorter video essays
brought an excellent response and we’re looking forward to doing this again
as we continue to grow the journal’s community and address other special
topics.
Now I will hand over to my colleague Elizabeth de Roza, who will introduce
the first composite video article.
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[01:42]
JER
3.2 (2): “Embodiment and Social Distancing: Performances
• Ellen Kress, “Rest is Resistance: Embodied Reflections of the Retraction
Period in the Creative Process” (00:10)
• LasseMouritzenandKristineSamson,“PandemicEncounters”(05:34)
• JosiahPearsall,“IAllOccurWithinArm’sReach”(10:24)
• ShabariRao,“NothingtoShow”(15:45)
• CharlottaRuth,“Whatislivenessandwhatcanitbe?”(19:59)
[Elizabeth de Roza:]
The first video article falls under the theme of “Performance.” There are
five video essays and we are brought into the authors’ environments
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as they reflect and perform their new embodied encounters of
what was once familiar, a passing through of a world that was once
normal.
Thefirst videoessay,by EllenKress,entitled“RestisResistance:Embodied
Reflection of the Retraction Period in Creative Production,” brings us into
her domestic space, through which she performs rest as resistance and the
need for retraction despite the current climate and capitalism’s need for
productivity.
LasseMouritzenandKristineSamson’s“PandemicEncounters”closesinon
how urban lives have changed into sites of strange encounters, needing to
navigate proximities and presence.
JosiahPearsall,“IAll Occur Within Arm’s Reach,” examines his embodied
position in isolation and being constrained within the frame of his desk and
computer.
Shabari Rao, “Nothing to Show,” performs her embodied encounters with
her unfamiliar sense of self as her physical environment is severely restricted
because of social distancing.
Charlotta Ruth, “What is liveness and what can it be?,” performs a
phenomenological happening of an experience when fiction, real-life
experience, and the digital perspective collide.
And now I hand over to Nathalie Fari.
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[03:55]
JER
3.2 (3): “Embodiment and Social Distancing: Practices”
• Raffaele Rufo, “Dancing Together Alone: What Can Be Learnt About
ConnectionWhenTouchisForbidden?”(00:10)
• AnatBen-DavidandCatharineAnneCary,“What’stheMatter?”(05:54)
• Deanna Borland-Sentinella, Louise Gwenneth Phillips, and Alice Owen,
“Virtually Embodied: Remembering the Sensations of Connection” (12:04)
• NathalieS.Fari,“Notesfromazoom5Rhythms®session”(17:10)
• AmberBeckyCreative, “Sheltering in Spacetimematterings: Audiovisual
Considerations of Social Distancing” (22:42)
[Nathalie Fari:]
In the past six months, we have witnessed a global move of embodied
practitioners into the digital realm. Often driven by an urge of keeping
one’s own practice or training-routine alive, this move has also brought up
a series of complex issues and concerns.
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In the first video-essay of this composite video-article focused on “Practices,”
Raffaele Rufo draws upon the embodied technique of Tango to lead a group
dance improvisation practice that investigates how the absence of touch can
be enabled through other means, be it an object or another body on the
screen.
In Ana Ben-David and Catharine Cary’s essay, the practice of improvisation
is explored further, by using both the domestic space and the internet as
sources for creating a common performative language.
AliceOwen,DeannaBorland-Sentinella,andLouiseGwennethPhillipsoffer
in their contribution another insight into the process of touching, especially
by highlighting the memory and sensation of touch in a both virtual and
physical space.
In my video-essay, I depart from the 5 Rhythms moving meditation practice
in order to fathom what it means to access and enhance an individual and
collective bodily awareness in a digital environment.
The final video essay, by Amber Ward and Becky Christ, turns the
gaze away from an embodied practice, towards the materiality and
agency of things. Anchored in an audiovisual language, it plays
out different materials, texts and sounds by establishing an open
conversation.
To sum up: This composite video-article is exploring the various ways
in which an embodied practice has been affected by either the physical
absence of other bodies or the restrictions as well as possibilities imposed
by the screen.
And now I hand over to Cara Hagan.
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[06:21]
JER 3.2 (4): “Embodiment and Social Distancing: Projects”
• AnnieAbrahamsandDanielPinheiro,“Whyistheuseofvideoconferencing
soexhausting?Ananalysisonthedemands”(00:10)
• MauricioCarrascoandDanielZea,“VortexDecameron:Buildingnarratologies
in pandemic times” (05:23)
• TinaLaPorta,“InternetArtattheTurnoftheMillennium”(11:34)
• Alicia de Manuel, David Casacuberta, and Pep Gatell, “La Maldición de la
Corona: Revisiting videoconference as a system to foster group creativity”
(16:51)
• melissandrevarin,“Freezingelementsofresearch”(21:55)
[Cara Hagan]
The offerings in the “Projects” section of this special issue of the Journal of
Embodied Research interrogate the trappings of the digital world as experienced
by humans as they critique it, create in it, and establish new processes and
improvisations for enacting cultural ritual in a time of forced isolation.
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This section takes viewers on a journey through the myriad ways
videoconferencing taxes the body and mind, in Annie Abrahams and
Daniel Pinheiro’s “Why is the use of video-conferencing so exhausting?”;
the creation of new collaborative methods in music-making, in Mauricio
Carrasco and Daniel Zea’s “Vortex Decameron: Building narratologies
in pandemic times”; the presence of liveness in digital space, in Tina
La Porta’s “Internet Art at the Turn of the Millennium”; possibilities for
engaginggroupsingenerativepracticeonline,inAliciade ManuelLozano
and David Casacuberta Sevilla’s “La Maldición de la Corona: Revisiting
videoconference as a system to foster group creativity”; and audiovisual
abstractions and assemblages in melissandre varin’s “Freezing elements of
research.”
Taken together, the projects presented in this section of the journal
present a course in embodied inter-human innovation that transcends
the boundaries of the skin and offers us a roadmap for navigating the
unprecedented historical occurrence and outcomes of the global coronavirus
pandemic.
We hope you enjoy this special issue of the Journal of Embodied Research.
Please check out past issues and stay tuned for subsequent calls and issues.
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How to cite this article:deRoza,E,Fari,NS,Hagan,CandSpatz,B.2020.Embodiment
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Journal of Embodied Research,
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Submitted:26August2020 Accepted:31August2020 Published: 09 October 2020
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