Moving Beyond the Frame

Flows and Relations in Hybrid Body–Screen Lifeworlds

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Carolyn Deby Artist-Researcher, UK

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This article employs both a written text and an artistic video encounter with the reader, to articulate human lived experience as a spatial and temporal semioscape of relations that flow across and between the inner-outer lifeworlds or Umwelten for individuals. Further, it asserts that such lifeworlds are experienced in continual and dynamic relation with nonhumans and non-life (human-devised technologies, circulations, and substances as well as planetary circulations and substances such as rock, sky, air, and so on)—an entangled and mobile situation that humans can notice and derive meaning from. Taking as its starting point a video performance-paper, Still/We noticed smallest things, created by the author, and originally presented to participants of Unruly Landscapes Colloquium in June 2020, the article will assert that immersion in a simultaneously embodied and screen-world semioscape that includes urbanwild entanglements demonstrates the human biophilic ability to attune to complex relations in hybrid bio/techno situations.

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Carolyn Deby is an artist-researcher who creates work internationally under the name sirenscrossing, examining the lived experience of humans and their sympoietic entanglement with nonhumans, Earth systems, and landscapes. Her work proposes the urban as an “urbanwild”, a field of converging flows and energies encompassing the organic and elemental, social formations, and technologically reconstituted “nature.” Employing a practice as research method of site-specific “audience experiences,” her research seeks to enliven human noticing of their multispecies and hybrid bio/geo/techno relations. Carolyn holds a PhD in Theatre & Performance from the University of Warwick. E-mail:

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