“Pulse Project: A Sonic Investigation Across Bodies, Cultures And Technologies” by Michelle Lewis-King


  • ©2011-2016, Michelle Lewis-King, Pulse Project: A Sonic Investigation Across Bodies, Cultures And Technologies
  • ©2011-2016, Michelle Lewis-King, Pulse Project: A Sonic Investigation Across Bodies, Cultures And Technologies
  • Image 1 from clang.cl; Image 2 from projectanywhere.net

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    Pulse Project: A Sonic Investigation Across Bodies, Cultures And Technologies

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    2011-2016

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    Performance, acupunctosonoscope, acetate, note-paper

Artist Statement:


    Pulse Project is a doctoral performance research series exploring the relational interfaces between medicine, culture and technology. In this study, I embody and perform research practice itself through adopting the role of artist­-acupuncturist­-investigator and acting as an instrument or medium between myself and others and between cultural traditions for understanding and mediating the body. Pulse ‘reading’, case histories, notations of pulses and acupuncture point locating are all used together as methods for exploring the cultural encounter between artist, participants and diverse medical practices. Drawing upon my experience as a clinical acupuncturist (with training in biomedicine), I use traditional Chinese medicine and music theories together with technology to compose bespoke algorithmic soundscapes expressive of an individual’s ‘being’ that registers along a spectrum between Asian and Western approaches to the body. These soundscapes are not sonifications of western principles of circulation but offer another perspective to conceive of/listen to the interior spaces of the body­ as each participant’s pulse is interpreted as a unique set of sound­wave images based on traditional Chinese pulse diagnosis (a complex set of 28+ waveform images corresponding to states of being) and also according to traditional Chinese music theory (Lewis-King, 2014).

    projectanywhere.net/pulse-project-a-sonic-investigation-across-bodies-cultures-and-technologies-michelle-lewis-king  codephd.wordpress.com   soundcloud.com/cosmosonicsoma/sets
    clang.cl/pulse-landscapes-2


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