Resounding Neurological Ecologies: Choreographing the Body’s Lost Interactions with the World
Sarah-Mace Dennis [+]
During a near fatal car accident in 2008, I sustained severe brain trauma, which for some time left me physically and cognitively paralysed. In the weeks and months following the neurological fallout, I interacted with the environments that surrounded me through a succession of non-ordinary states of consciousness. Mondo Ghillies (Dennis, 2010) – the short dance film that followed this – is a practical and experiential unfolding of the subjective and perceptual atmospheres that I came to see and hear as I moved through the world with a severely altered neurological architecture. Experiencing physiological and mental paralysis allowed me to develop a deep theoretical and corporeal understanding of what architects and philosophers Madeline Gins and Arakawa (2002) call the thinking body.