Cognition and dance


How do the dancers visualize his cues? How do they respond to one another in the group dynamic? How do they remember? And how does he?

There’s a fascinating experiment reported in the LA Times (and blog) on distributed cognition being run by David Kirsh in association with maestro choreographer Wayne McGregor. Of course, the reason the experiment caught my eye was the involvement of Kirsh whose work is informing my thoughts and, because independently, I appreciate the McGregor’s genius. As is common, the reporter doesn’t have the strongest of grips on the broader significance of distributed cognition.