Title: Intangible matter and the body

Authors: Bernadette Flynn

Addresses: The Griffith Film School, South Bank campus, Griffith University, 226, Grey Street, South Bank, Brisbane, Queensland 4101, Australia

Abstract: This paper aims to articulate expressions of intangible heritage based on the bodily engagement of the user. It proposes the body as an apparatus for knowledge through considerations of the phenomenological and performative aspects of an interpretative digital cultural heritage. In response to the de-humanised forms of heritage reconstruction, it is argued that we still need to address some fundamental questions about the role of user embodiment in digital interaction environments. The paper investigates how user embodiment might take place through spatial praxis and digital performance.

Keywords: digital culture; cultural heritage; phenomenology; interpretative archaeology; new media; intangible heritage; user embodiment; performative; spatial praxis; the body; somatic knowledge; virtual interaction; digital performance.

DOI: 10.1504/IJDCET.2008.021403

International Journal of Digital Culture and Electronic Tourism, 2008 Vol.1 No.2/3, pp.126 - 138

Published online: 24 Nov 2008 *

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