Transmission in Motion

2017-2018 Seminar Program Transmission in Motion

Technological developments inform the ways information travels through media, turn archives into ‘dynarchives,’ and set knowledge cultures in motion. Such developments foreground the performativity of practices of transmission and the materiality of mediation; moreover, they point to movement and embodiment as key to both transmission and mediation. Moving images, motion capture, virtual mobility, mobile and algorithmic media, and haptic interfaces are some of the technologies which exemplify the way in which movement, embodiment and performativity are increasingly part of both what is captured and communicated by media, and how media afford interaction. Movement, motion and gesture are also at the crux of new insights into practices of teaching and learning, health, and embodied cognition. This new centrality of movement, motion and gesture opens up a transdisciplinary terrain for research and development, and new possibilities for cross-sector collaborations between the humanities, sciences and the arts, as well as with partners from within industry, care and education. This is the terrain of Transmission in Motion.

To participate, please send an email to to receive additional information and readings. RMA Students can acquire 3 EC if they attend all meetings and write blogposts after each meeting. Please register at For more information, contact Maaike Bleeker at

Seminar program

1 November 2017 (15-17h):  Nicolas  Salazar Sutil (University of Leeds)  “How to get a Wall to Dance: Transmission Media from a New Materialist Angle”

Place: Parnassos, Kruisstraat 201.

In this presentation, Nicolas Salazar Sutil will unpack a few ideas developed in his latest book Matter in Transmission (Bloomsbury, forthcoming). Transmission media does not only concern forms of telecommunicational transmission (via electricity, radiowaves, microwave, infrared and so on). Transmission media can also refer to raw matter—rock, for example. Calcite rock, which are rock made up of the same chemical component as human bone, can convey energy in the form of vibrant movement. Drawing on the depiction of animal motion in European Upper Paleolithic cave graphics as his example, and based on site-specific work carried out in Altamira and Chauvet caves, Salazar Sutil argues that limestones and limestone caves are cultural media in their own right, akin to what neomaterialist media theorists call “nature-media”. His presentation will also explore the possibility of combining two different movement disciplines— dance and climbing— as research methodology.  As such, climbing and bouldering are unique embodied perspectives that can be performed to gain a tacit knowledge of movement in the rock itself. Moving with rock acknowledges the raw wall as agent for embodied cultural transmission. Underground walls ring and dance.

Nicolas Salazar Sutil (PhD Goldsmith, London) is a Chilean author, researcher and creative practitioner whose practice cuts across theatre, dance, psychogeography, social choreography, computer-assisted choreography and eco practices. His writings concern various aspects of movement such as its representation in symbolic language and code, the technologization of movement, and movement as transmission media. Key ideas that recur in his work are: kinetopoiesis, jism, paleocyber, transmission media, landesque immersion, and critical creativity.  He is the author of Theatres of the Surd: the influence of Mathematical Thinking on Avant-Garde Theatre, and of Motion and Representation: the Language of Human Movement (MIT Press, 2015), Digital Movement: Essays in Motion Technology and Performance (ed. with Sita Popat, Palgrave, 2016) and Matter in Transmission: Mediation in a Paleocyber Age (Bloomsbury, 2018).

Next meetings:

13 December  2017 (15-17h, please note: place tba): Frank Kessler (Utrecht University) Media and the Reconfiguration of the Senses”

17 January 2018 (15-17h, Parnassos, Kruisstraat 201):  Aud Sissel Hoel (Norwegian University of Science and Technology) “Image Classification Using Deep Neural Networks: Some Thoughts from the Point of View of Operative Images and Embodied Perception”

21 February 2018 (15-17h, Parnassos, Kruisstraat 201): Melvin Wevers (Digital Humanities Group KNAW HUC) “Using Neural Networks to Study Conceptual Shifts in Text and Image”

28 March 2018 (15-17h, Parnassos, Kruisstraat 201): Emilia Barakova (TU Eindhoven, Designed Intelligence) & Roos van Berkel (Choreographer and Movement Researcher) talk about their collaborative research in the field of behavioral robotics and intelligent systems.

25 April 2018 (15-17h, Parnassos, Kruisstraat 201): Maaike Bleeker (Utrecht University)  “Corporeal Literacy as Perspective on Human-Technology Interaction”

23 May  2018 tba.

Transmission in Motion is a hybrid research community that brings researchers from across disciplines together with artists and other partners from outside the academy. Transmission in Motion provides a platform for seminars, meetings and presentations, and mediates the development of partnerships and research projects.