I ‐ Symbol Set Downloads

II ‐ Videos
   01 ‐ Overview of Video Resources
   02 ‐ Kinesthetic Attunement (Ch. 1)
  Embodied Exercises
   03 ‐ Body Component (Ch. 4)
   04 ‐ Space Component (Ch. 5)
   05 ‐ Time Component (Ch. 6)
   06 ‐ Shape Component (Ch. 7)
   07 ‐ Effort Component (Ch. 8)
  Notation Examples
   08 ‐ Labanotation (Ch. 10)
   09 ‐ Motif (Ch. 10)
   10 ‐ CPMMPT Staff (Ch. 10)

III ‐ Open-access Link

IV ‐ Purchase Link

V ‐ Praise

This resource supports anyone interested in symbolically notating movement. Download the symbol set for movement notation presented in the book either as a PDF or the editable source files from Figma to use the system of notation introduced in Making Meaning with Machines. Please feel free to use this resource freely, citing the book where appropriate, e.g.,

LaViers, A., & Maguire, C. (2023). Making Meaning with Machines: Somatic Strategies, Choreographic Technologies, and Notational Abstractions Through a Laban/Bartenieff Lens. MIT Press.

DOWNLOAD | Symbol Set | PDF, Figma

In this resource Amy and Cat discuss how the supplemental electronic resources support the content of the book. We discuss why it is necessary for the reader to move their body to fully grapple with Making Meaning with Machines and outline the idea that these exercises are the native format of the knowledge the book presents.

VIDEO | Overview | Video 01

This resource reveals the process by which we can come into a deeper understanding of the movement of an observed body by taking it into our own, and noticing that this practice of recording becomes a basis of reflection, observation and learning.

VIDEO | Kinesthetic Attunement | Video 02

In this resource Amy practices some of the Basic 6 movement sequences, while Cat offers verbal and touch-based feedback, demonstrating one approach to clarifying movement intention.

VIDEO | Body Component | Video 03 (1/2) Video 03 (2/2)

In this resource Amy and Cat transform the same basic body action using different concepts from the Space Component, highlighting how spatial arrangement can change meaning.

VIDEO | Space Component | Video 04

By changing the emphasis on particular words in a sentence, Amy demonstrates how the meaning of the expression changes through phrasing.

VIDEO | Time Component | Video 05

Cat interacts with a teddy bear with different approaches to shape quality. This resource demonstrates ideas of core shape change and how changing our form changes our expression.

VIDEO | Shape Component | Video 06

Amy explores aspects of the Effort component in this video through practical movements designed to demonstrate three of the basic effort actions.

VIDEO | Effort Component | Video 07

This resource shows a movement interpretation of a simple Labanotation score to show one particular approach to notation or recording of movement and the relationship to the symbolic representation of movement with the movement itself.

VIDEO | Labanotation | Video 08

The two movement sequences featured in this video may look (and be) different, but this resource articulates the similarities through motif-style movement notation. This resource reveals how the same score can have distinct physical embodiments in movement -- asking the question Are these two movement sequences the same?

VIDEO | Motif | Video 09

In this resource Amy embodies three different movement interpretations based on three distinct scores, all of which are possible descriptions of the original robot motion.

VIDEO | CPMMPT Staff | Video 10

This book will be hosted on MIT Press's open-access platform thanks to funding from the National Science Foundation.

LINK | Open-access | Open-access Link







Links to purchase from MIT Press.

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"Dance artists LaViers and Maguire take readers on a fascinating scholarly tour of human movement and offer a compelling program for roboticists, technologists, and designers seeking fresh perspectives on human-machine interaction."
Naomi Ehrich Leonard, Princeton University

"By capturing both the appearance of movement and its meaning through novel notation, LaViers and Maguire ask us to actually move and use that movement to innovate computational movement analysis and robotic design."
Thanassis Rikakis, University of Southern California

"LaViers and Maguire bring their deep choreographic knowledge of dance to those who want to 'make robots dance.' By moving towards fundamental felt meaning-making processes, better robot interactions can be designed."
Kristina Höök, KTH Royal Institute of Technology