Dance and Semiotic Artifacts

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Dance techniques are conceived as semiotic artifacts. We re-interpret Andy Clark's thesis of language as a cognitive artifact, and the most relevant aspects of his thesis, based on Charles Peirce's logic of signs and phenomenology. This strategy leads to two important results: (i) a general introduction to the notion of semiotic artifact, a plausible generalization of the idea of language as an artifact, with application to different domains of dance research, and (ii) a semiotically-oriented morphology of classes of artifacts (according to Peirce's theory of phenomenological categories) that allows for speculation on the different modalities of coupling of dance techniques as artifacts. Besides, we explore Lorenzo Magnani's idea of creativity as abductive manipulation of mediating structures or epistemic mediators.


Keywords: Dance Techniques, Creativity, Semiotic Artifacts, Mediating Structures, Epistemic Mediators
Stream: Arts Theory and Criticism
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
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Prof. Joao Queiroz

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Graduate Studies Program on History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching, Federal University of Bahia (UFBA/UEFS)
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

João Queiroz is a post-doc researcher at the Graduate Studies Program on History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching, Federal University of Bahia (UFBA/UEFS), Brazil, director of the Group for Research on Artificial Cognition (UEFS) and associate researcher at the Dept. of Computer Engineering and Industrial Automation, State University of Campinas . His research interests are cognitive aesthetics, Peirce’s semiotics, cognitive science. His publications include Gene, Information, Semiosis, with C. El-Hani and C. Emmeche, Tartu University Press, in press; Semiotics and Intelligent Systems Development, with R. Gudwin, Idea Group, 2007; Advanced Issues in Cognitive Science and Semiotics, with P. Farias, Shaker Verlag, 2006; Semiose segundo Peirce (Semiosis according to Peirce), EDUC, 2004.

Daniella Aguiar

PhD Candidate, Graduate Studies Program in Dance and Theater, Federal University of Bahia (UFBA)
Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Daniella Aguiar obtained her bachelor degree in Dance from Anhembi Morumbi University, São Paulo, Brasil, in 2004; master degree in Dance from Graduate Studies Program in Dance, from Federal University of Bahia (UFBA), Brasil, in 2008. Her main research interests are in Dance Theory, Semiotics, Cognitive Science, and Cognitive Aesthetics. Her main research topics are (i) dance techniques, (ii) cognitive artifacts, (iii) intersemiosis and (iv) intersemiotic translation. Awards include ‘Klauss Vianna Dance Prize’ by Funarte (National Art Foundation – Brazil), 2007, for a theoretic research project about intersemiotic translation in dance; ‘Yanka Rudzka Prize’ by Funceb (Bahia’s State Art Foundation), 2007, for dance choreography translation from Gertrude Stein’s prose.

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