A Taxonomy for the Contiguous Spectrum: Corporeal Computing Futures and the Performance of Signal Transmission

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  • Machinic Sense & Sensibility: Immediations

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  • A Taxonomy for the Contiguous Spectrum: Corporeal Computing Futures and the Performance of Signal Transmission

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  • This paper evaluates the emergent networking paradigm of cognitive radio and its connection to Body Area Networks (BAN) through the lens of performance, in order to explore the potential of these assemblies for creative expression. Through a taxonomy of entangled signals, we hope to address the potential of emerging material futures and the algorithmic complexity of signal processing for creative practice. The transdisciplinary space of feminist science and technology studies, alternative computer networking culture and artistic research reveals nascent eccentricities in emergent technologies’ relationship to somatic agency. As emergent technologies arise as key actors in our public sphere — especially through ubiquitous personal computing and mobile digital culture — we expand and speculate upon performance and its relationship to both computer culture and critical communication theory by presenting a new model for entangled, corporeal signals that can inform the design of networked experiences. Wireless networking is contemplated through a somatic framework, in order to consider how corporeal and computing signals are entwined; to assist us in developing enriching ways to act with emerging technologic entities and deploy performance research as a mode of inquiry into future scenarios of use.


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