Technology is often situated as a prosthesis to a body. This situates technology outside, in an implicit dichotomy between the human and the machine, both pre-constituted in advance. Here, I want to speak of technology in terms of the technicity of movement. While technicity is not of the human per se, it dances with the human, in a withness of movement-moving. Technicity is thus a concept that brings into alignment the more-than-human that is the intersection of the human and technology. Forsythe’s concept of cues and alignments in relation to his choreography One Flat Thing, Reproduced is the platform through which I foreground the technicity of the dancing body in movement.
Forsythe defines a cue as “an aural or visual signal that triggers an event.” The proposition I am making is the following: When you dance, you don’t strictly align to a rehearsed position, you don’t align to a person, you align to the mobility of the architecture of the dance dancing you. You align to the relational complexity of cues as they dance the environment reconfiguring. You align to the dance in the moving.
At the interval where movement aligns to cueing, where the choreographic surfaces as collective individuation, the body never acts alone. The field’s proprioceptive surface is agitated by incipient relationality. Relational movement’s preacceleration is always already coursing through the welling event. Some of the dance’s movement is in and of the human body, but the force of movement’s incipient cueing exceeds the bounds of the human, active in the non-local, non-human relation priming for collective alignment.
The choreography of One Flat Thing, reproduced proposes modes of entry into the collective movement of a dancing surface that is inherently compositional. Its technicity is its architecting of mobility that activates the more-than of the human, exposing collective movement for what it is: an orchestration of movement-moving. This technicity is never delineated in advance. It comes to expression as a mobile architecture that activates the more-than of movement in its collective individuation.