Manifold Motion’s Compos Mentis

Readers in or near Seattle might like to know about Manifold Motion’s latest performance, Compos Mentis. The multidisciplinary performance company has created an evening-length work that uses real-time biofeedback technology to measure the mean heartbeat of the audience and determine the pulse of the dance. They should be pleased I can’t make it though, as my pre-thesis-submission heartrate would have them racing around at a million miles an hour! [Edited to say: The source I read that described how the piece uses biofeedback was, in fact, wrong *grumble* *moan* *self-note about applying proper research methods to blog*. See comment below to find out how the piece actually works. Apologies to Manifold Motion for messing up! — Stacey]

Compos Mentis
March 16-18 & 23-25, 2012
8pm (7pm Sundays)
Washington Hall
153 14th Avenue
Seattle, WA 98122

Centre for Medical Humanities Blog

As if visiting an extraordinary city like Hong Kong for the first time were not pleasure enough, it was a treat to have an unusually gratifying excuse to do so in the form of participating in this timely, unusual and in many ways visionary conference: the title ‘Music and the body’ promised an intriguing event and so it proved. Benefiting from excellent organisation by accomplished and delightful academic staff and postgraduates (primarily from the Hong Kong University’s Dept of Music, with the arrangements being most closely guided by Assistant Prof Yuon Kim), and with an intriguingly eclectic programme assembled by a panel that included recent Durham IAS Fellow Prof Sander Gilman (who is a Visiting Professor currently in Hong Kong), the conference was perceptively compered by Prof Daniel Chua, a composer and eminent Beethoven Scholar (and now also Head of the School of Humanities for his pains). Daniel…

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