Human:machine:human: Gesture, Sound and Embodiment


ISSN: 0368-492X

Article publication date: 9 August 2011



(2011), "Human:machine:human: Gesture, Sound and Embodiment", Kybernetes, Vol. 40 No. 7/8.



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Human:machine:human: Gesture, Sound and Embodiment

Article Type: Special issue abstracts From: Kybernetes, Volume 40, Issue 7/8

Doug Van Nort

School of Architecture and Electronic Arts Department, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, New York, USA


Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to present an embodied view on human/machine co-creation in general, and musical improvisation in particular.

Design/methodology/approach – Questions and propositions are formed by examining personal work in intelligent, interactive system design.

Findings – Proper consideration of gestural representation and intentionality leads to enhanced potential for collective expression in human/machine interaction.

Originality/value – This approach extends ideas of conversation theory to improvisational contexts based on spontaneous, collective expression.

Keywords Music, Improvisation, Creativity, Gesture, Embodied cognition, Cybernetics

Paper type Conceptual paper

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