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notes towards a phenomenology of motion-capture manipulation

the linkages in mc are graphs characterized by connectivity and linkage
the linkages in mc are contingent to the geomatics of the body itself.
the mapping is fuzzy and one-to-one.
mappings can be changed. from an _external_ viewpoint, affine and other
transformations: scale, rotation, translation.
from an _internal_ viewpoint: fold, cut, split, join, and any conceivable
remapping, including those approaching the implicate order.
from an external viewpoint: identity read from equivalence.
from an internal viewpoint: the potential of inversion and other
topological mappings.
in the graphs, all nodes/linkages are conventional; by virtue of
contingency, they have the potential to fly apart.
flying apart: _stack_ or _heap._ in the stack, order is preserved and it
is a simple matter to reconstitute the mapping.
in the heap, order is chaotic; reconstitution depends on the links
remaining intact.
consider the linkage _parasitic_ in relation to the nodes: holding
dispersion in check. in this sense order is parasitic on disorder.
neutrality: any mapping is equivalent to any other mapping.
responsibility: nodes are responsible to their linkages. linkages are
responsible to their nodes.
abandonment: a node may be abandoned. an abandoned node has no linkage.
a linkage exists by virtue of its nodes; there are no abandoned linkages.
metaphoric: every remapping inscribes the ascription of meaning.
culture is discovered in the remappings. what is applied to mc of the body
is applicable to any mc, of any named entities.
the graphs of any entities including bodies are rigid designators.
there is a fuzzy boundary where the designators fall apart; at this point
entities and bodies disappear.
all disappearances carry the weight of political economy and inquiry.
there is no first and last node. there are no first and last linkages.


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