Dimitri Haddad shares an excerpt from his publication “Performing transcendence through movement, perception and technology”
….transcending is the act of going beyond our range or limit, it allows us to exceed our physicality, to exist only in spiritual form. However, in this endless pas de deux with our modern virtual existence, I wonder if a technologically mediated transcendence is possible. The computer being programmed to be only interested in movement tracking is indifferent to the social constructs that characterize us and does not dissociate between gender, race, ethnicity, age… when projecting its subject into virtuality.
Could the computer activated human disembodiment be an evolution of the astrologically linked whirling meditation of the Sufis? Is the intervention of computers in movement our gateway into a first stage of transcendence where everyone is equal, devoid of social constructs? One might argue that transcendence is not a performative practice, it comes from within. I would say that with the intensive use of social media, the lines between reality and virtuality have been blurred, reshaping our whole existence into a performance.
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