Applying Data Visualization to Cultural Study of the Salsa

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  • Sensory Body (Papers)

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  • Applying Data Visualization to Cultural Study of the Salsa

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  • This research investigation aims to experiment with forms of data visualization to uncover ways that they can be useful tools in studying the salsa dance and other cultural practices that involve body movements. The cultural phenomenon the investigation will examine is the complexity of the dance community surrounding the salsa. Of particular interest is the way dancers improvise new styles of a dance and the way those styles are adopted by one dancer from another. By visualizing motion data collected from salsa dancers, the investigation attempts to create a new way to study the cultural significance of gestures and movements. This technique may provide a supplemental perspective to the traditional participant‑observer method in cultural study.

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