Dances with Rhizome Pixels (2013)

by azandi

This video explores how the contemporary context of computerization affects the horizon of our everyday behavior and can relate to the traditional notion of gestus within the dance form of Bharatanatyam. The hypertext, which is superimposed on the dance, dictates the individual movements, space, color, and other elements of the frame and movement. The impossible composition of Bharatanatyam and hypertext becomes a mechanism that undermines the alleged transparency of the interface, personifying the illusion of our collective insight into how cyber technology functions and exposing the innate opacity of the medium.

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The interface screen is increasingly becoming intertwined with the real world, potentially becoming the sole representation of reality. Much of the interface’s appeal is due to the apparent simplicity that is in stark contrast to the physical reality beyond bits and bytes. However, the computer is far more complex than the graphical user interface suggests. The computer is a hidden medium. The code and its interface can never simultaneously witness the full-fledged effects of one another, let alone reveal itself to users governed by its gestures. Perpetually coding and decoding, hypertext is akin to a mystifying dance that controls the movement and pathways of our contemporary reality.

This video explores how the contemporary context of computerization affects the horizon of our everyday behavior and can relate to the traditional notion of gestus within the dance form of Bharatanatyam. The classical dance, in which movement once described the cultural notions of the body, becomes a cyber-dance, simulating gestus through technobiology and written hypertext. Consciousness within movement is derailed by the interactive behavior with technology, transforming the coordination between natural body rhythms and surroundings into a technologically mediated hyperactivity and hyperrealism with movement and image. The hypertext, which is superimposed on the dance, dictates the individual movements, space, color, and other elements of the frame and movement. The impossible composition of Bharatanatyam and hypertext becomes a mechanism that undermines the alleged transparency of the interface, personifying the illusion of our collective insight into how cyber technology functions and exposing the innate opacity of the medium.

A collaboration between Alex Zandi and Ambika Subramaniam.

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  • Year Created: 2013
  • Submitted to ArtBase: Saturday Sep 7th, 2013
  • Original Url: http://vimeo.com/65976716
  • Work Credits:
    • azandi, primary creator
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