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OB-scene, a live audio/visual performance for photoplethysmograph and female body.

Troisi, A., 2018. OB-scene, a live audio/visual performance for photoplethysmograph and female body. Organised Sound, 23 (3), 270-276.

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DOI: 10.1017/S1355771818000171


OB-scene, is a performance centred on a live sonification of biological data gathered in real-time with a medical vaginal probe (photoplethysmograph), made by the author. The use of the photoplethysmograph, which takes inspiration from the first medical vaginal probes used for diagnostic purposes by Masters and Johnson (1966) introduces a media-archaeological aspect to this work. Data gathered through the probe is processed and transformed into sound and visuals projected in the exhibition space. OB-scene takes inspiration from Jane Bennett’s Vibrant Matter (2009) in which she argues that human agency has echoes in nonhuman nature and vice versa, shifting away from anthropocentrism towards the concept of “vital materiality” that runs across bodies, both humans and unhuman. Furthermore, OB-Scene is affiliated with an emerging movement of women and technology called ’XenoFeminism’ (XF). It introduces the idea of techno-alienation and focuses on the concept of other/diverse desires, new forms of desiring, experiencing something other (Laboria Cuboniks 2015). In this specific work, this takes the form of a technofeminism incorporating the fluid, the non-human, and the diverse. In this performance, the body is fused with the technology, rather than empowered or enhanced by technology itself, body and technology become a unique actant (Latour 2009) enabling the audience to experience the sensorial assemblage as a space for communal experience with political implications. OB-scene is as an immersive environmental work where the senses, affect, and memory were key features of “assemblage thinking” (Hamilaks 2017).

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Special Issue: Sound and Kinetics: performance, artistic aims and techniques in electroacoustic music and sound art.
Uncontrolled Keywords:digital design; wearable instruments; live sonification; cyberart; feminism
Group:Faculty of Media & Communication
ID Code:30752
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:23 May 2018 14:38
Last Modified:14 Mar 2022 14:11


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