Enactive Affective Systems in Art and TechnoScience: Vital Experiences of Displacement in the City


Session Title:

  • Performance (Papers)

Presentation Title:

  • Enactive Affective Systems in Art and TechnoScience: Vital Experiences of Displacement in the City




  • This paper introduces a pratical‑theorical work that follows a transdisciplinary methodology, inserting itself into Contemporary Art, within the field of Bioart. It brings the Art of the Body into a dialogue with Biomedical Engineering and Health in experiments and reflections generated by the synesthetic and proprioceptive action of walking, based on an enactive approach. The creation in the lab of an Affective enactive system allows the acquisition, transduction, signal processing and data visualization of the ‘affective exchanges’ as processes to further the understanding of the way the body displaces itself in a city. Bodies wearing this system’s electronic components, which are embedded in biomaterial latex and attached to the skin naturally, have their physiological signals obtained during vital experiences of displacement. Enactions emerge from the coupled relationship of body and environment and this paper explores the concept of the ubiquitousness and mobility of technology for an expanded sensorium. With the aim of a naturalized aesthetic in the domain of Art and TechnoScience, the results of a pHD thesis, developed at the Art and TechnoScience Research Lab – at Brasilia University,     contributed to the fields of Arts, Engineering and Health, inside the m‑health field. Comparative analysis with Cinema and the History of Art introduces poetic examples on the theme of walking and the vitality of the act of walking to the sense of presence in physical space augmented by our affective enactive system. They are events, episodes and anecdotes that deliver the ‘happening’ and the ‘performance’ amplified by sensor technologies. The system is composed technically of physiological sensors that measures the sensory and locative qualities. It is a disruptive, innovative technology. validated by test and control stages, executed inside research labs, in out‑of‑lab situations (on the street, visualized, commented and illustrated in this paper.