Movies, Moves and Music - The Sonic World of Dance Films - Mark Evans

Movies, Moves and Music - The Sonic World of Dance Films - Mark Evans

Resounding Neurological Ecologies: Choreographing the Body’s Lost Interactions with the World

Movies, Moves and Music - The Sonic World of Dance Films - Mark Evans

Sarah-Mace Dennis [+-]
Independent Scholar
Sarah-Mace Dennis is an artist/ filmmaker and independent scholar based in London. Her work, although interdisciplinary, primarily focuses on the intersections between critical and creative writing, video and performance. In 2008, after a serious car accident, she sustained a very severe brain injury, which left her mentally and physically paralysed. She attributes some of her recovery to the hours she spent dancing to songs written by seventies punk band The Clash.

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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.

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Dennis, Sarah-Mace. Resounding Neurological Ecologies: Choreographing the Body’s Lost Interactions with the World. Movies, Moves and Music - The Sonic World of Dance Films. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 247-264 Jan 2016. ISBN 9781845539580. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27439. Date accessed: 20 Oct 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27439. Jan 2016

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