Ji Son presents LaaF8... Emotion from Motion: A Dynamic Systems Analysis of Muppet Gesticulation

 
 
 
 
 

Ji Son presents LaaF8...

Emotion from Motion: A Dynamic Systems Analysis of Muppet Gesticulation

Sunday, December 28, 2008

 

ABSTRACT: Humans express themselves through a myriad of modalities, from creative mediums such as writing, art, and cinema to more mundane activities such as speaking and gesticulating. Given that we are beings with language skills, opposible thumbs, and a complex network of facial nerves and muscles, it is obvious that we could express ourselves in many different ways. In contrast, consider the muppets, limited by their foamy faces, static features, and with mere sticks for complete hand/arm control. One might mistakenly assume that these bodily constraints would result in severe limitations in emotional and social expression. I will present a dynamic systems analysis of muppet motoric behavior, arguing for a revolution from the narrow human-centric views on the so-called "limitations" of muppet expression. The focus of this talk will be on several important dimensions of muppet movement and their profound implications on the landscape of muppet social function.


SPEAKER BIO: Ji Son has been called a muppet since her mythical birth as a premie (note: not actually a premie, this has largely been shown to be an urban legend perpetuated mostly by TJ Lee and others from the Oikos/Garden family). She has been compared to Grover in particular and has been a careful observer of muppet motor development for many years. In recent years, her muppet motor research has received a grant (a birthday present) to see Avenue Q and test her theories through direct observation of muppeteers with their muppets.


Film: The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

Food: Childhood meals deconstructed

by guest chef, Jon Wang

When: Sunday, December 28, 2008

Where: Ji & Jinna's apt

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