Post-Media poetics in a digital composite: The Oriental Dancer




Software, remixability, virtual-actual, poetics of potentiality.


The article addresses deep remixability in dance, film, software, media, and metafiction in The oriental dancer, a digital project composited by Sadim Mansour-Rondeau. The objective is to contest former anthropocentric constructs pertaining to dance and aesthetics. Attention is given to technical inventiveness and creativity of the digital creations, in the framework of Deleuzian-Guattarian and Derridean notions, together with post-media and software studies. It interrogates the dynamicity of the combinations or assemblages in the project’s composites to identify processes of deploying software for apprehending what escapes recognition. The concluding results stipulate the importance of appreciating digital composites as productive of sensations, affect, and forces, in a Deleuzian-Guattarian sense. This reiterates the dynamicity of software as a non-human agency that transpose multiple content, along with realities that intensify experience, thereby promoting various modes of seeing and being (Manovich; Parikka). Basically, the encounter with the The oriental dancer digital composite activates a poetics of potentiality that releases infinite modes of becoming, a gateway to the possibilities of future reinvention. 

Biografia do Autor

Marie Therese Abdelmessih, Cairo University

Professor of English & Comparative Literature, Faculty of Arts, Caiiro U. Former Director, M.A. Program, Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies, Kuwait U. Member of the CLCWeb International Advisory Board, Purdue U. Member of the Global Humanities Research Group, National Research Fouondation, Republic of Korea. Former Board of Trustees member, The International Prize for Arabic Fiction, funded by TCA UAE & the Man-Booker Prize. Former Executive Committee member, International Comparative Literature Association.