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Reflections on Skin

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The exploration that follows takes up the phenomenon of our outermost wrapping, skin, and considers it as a horizon that both separates us from and puts us in touch with the world. The first part takes up skin phenomenologically, articulating the unique significance of skin as experienced in a somatic movement practice and exploring the potential of embryology as a narrative ground on which to re-interpret and flesh out touch and movement. The second part draws these two strands together in positing a thinking skin, or tactile cognition. Such a thinking is unfolded through Heidegger's Verstehen, his particular construal of understanding as situated and existence as fundamentally interpretive, as well as Maxine Sheets-Johnstone's seminal writings on animate life.

Keywords: EMBRYOLOGY; HORIZON; PHENOMENOLOGY; SKIN; SOMATIC MOVEMENT PRACTICE; TOUCH

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1386/jdsp.2.2.177_1

Publication date: July 1, 2010

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  • This journal focuses on the relationship between dance and somatic practices, and the influence of this body of practice on the wider performing arts. The journal will be aimed at scholars and artists, providing a space for practitioners and theorists to debate the work, to consider the impact and influence of the work on performance, the interventions that somatic practices can have on other disciplines and the implications for research and teaching.
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