Extending body and imagination: Moving to move

Danielle Wilde*

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This article discusses a range of interactive body-worn systems and devices for performance, play, rehabilitation and disability or altered-ability support. The systems combine experimental and off-the-shelf technologies to arrive at outcomes that require and inspire extended physical and expressive engagement, and afford a range of different learning opportunities. Notions of extended bodies, shared augmented environments, magical thinking and play are examined for their poetic valence, as well as for therapeutic potential. Much of the work is in its early stages. Several scenarios of use are outlined for each of the devices, and relevance to ArtAbilita-tion proposed. The aim is to generate collaborative interest and inform development.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal on Disability and Human Development
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)31-36
Publication statusPublished - 1. Mar 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Body-worn technologies
  • Extension
  • Physical engagement
  • Play
  • Self-expression
  • Self-knowledge

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