Introduction: the situated intelligence of collaborative skills

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People move together, and do things together, all the time. We play and work and talk and suffer together, finding ease or joy, sharing pleasure or grief. We discover challenge, thrill and risk.

Joint actions may involve physical, manual or technical skill, and may rely on tools, technologies and ordinary old objects. Collaborative actions also involve situated intelligence, a dynamic, lively and social form of cognition. This book is a celebration and exploration of these things: the dizzying variety of remarkable ways that people move and think together, in unique places and settings, at a time and over time.

In initial orientation to the book’s topics, we introduce in turn the five key concepts which animate it: performance, body, collaboration, cognition and ecology. We briefly describe the domains of performance in question here, its bodily or ‘embodied’ nature, the forms of collaboration addressed, the role of intelligence or ‘cognition’ in expert movement and the notion of ‘ecologies of skill’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollaborative embodied performance
Subtitle of host publicationecologies of skill
EditorsKath Bicknell, John Sutton
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781350197701, 9781350197718
ISBN (Print)9781350197695, 9781350197756
Publication statusPublished - 2022

Publication series

NamePerformance and science


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