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Suspending Space and Time: The Body Under the Lens of the Japanese Concept of Ma

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Abstract

Ma means emptiness, space, time or pause and its origin is correlated to the ideas of transience and incompleteness characteristic of Zen-Buddhist aesthetics. However, more than a concept, Ma is a modus operandi in Japanese daily life, which illustrates a place available for the materialization of potential events. It is an inter-space of connection through which people, actions, objects can pass and that, precisely for this reason, is the place of the present time. In this article, we will address the application of Ma as the guiding principle of the process of creation in the arts of the body. The body will be treated as a Ma-body, that is, a body-in-process, in constant movement and total availability for interaction with various media and technologies in the production of meaning and creation of different art objects.

Keywords

Body Performance Animation Ma Buddhist aesthetic Interaction Creative process Improvisation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of DesignUniversity Anhembi MorumbiSão PauloBrazil
  2. 2.Museum Paço das Artes, State of Culture of São PauloSão PauloBrazil
  3. 3.Department of Art: History, Critics and CuratorshipPUC/SP Pontifícia Universidade CatólicaSão PauloBrazil

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