The body as data project forms the practice element of Sidonie Carey-Green's PhD research at Royal Holloway University of London. With fellow artist Tom Tegento, through a series of choreographic objects, she is exploring a methodology for performance with new technologies to become transformative rather than oppressive for othered bodies. 

This work sits within a triangulation of the themes of bodies, borders, and data. It is written during, and born of, a time where bodies and digital technology have become closely intertwined. This practice as research project considers the implications of performance on migration (the trauma it induces) and the implications of new technologies at borders as an oppressive force. It offers an exploration into the concept of the body as data as a world building experience and a transformative approach for artists working with migrating bodies. 

This research aims to ask how dance and movement practice with new technologies might create an intervention whereby bodies as moving data are removed from their problematic fixed identities to create new narratives. It’s important that this research creates equal relationships and ethical engagement between those being researched and the researcher – it looks to test an ethics for a better way of collaborating, an alternative way of creating work with bodies considered as other.

Within this research, the artists will be working to create a methodology through practice, and specifically through creating three performance events in collaboration with someone who has experienced forced migration: a performative mobile phone app, a live site-specific performance in Margate and a 360-degree immersive video at the Plymouth Dome. Through this collaboration the researcher will consider how this process of working might open possibilities for a methodology for other similar projects to avoid the pitfalls of creating work which deals with forced migration, and thus avoids pushing migrating bodies further into oppression. 

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