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Bodily crises in skilled performance: Considering the need for artistic habits

Toner, John; Jones, Luke; Moran, Aidan

Authors

Dr John Toner John.Toner@hull.ac.uk
Lecturer in Sports Coaching and Performance

Dr Luke Jones Jonzon L.K.Jones@hull.ac.uk
Lecturer in Sports Coaching/ Collaborative provision - academic contact for local partner colleges

Aidan Moran



Abstract

Empirical evidence demonstrates that performing artists are confronted by a variety of ‘bodily crises’ (e.g., injury, attrition of habits induced by ageing) over the course of their careers (Wainwright, Williams, & Turner, 2005). Such crises may present a serious threat to the embodied subject. Unfortunately, many prominent theories of skill acquisition (e.g., Fitts & Posner, 1967) appear to evacuate the body from performance by suggesting that any form of conscious processing (i.e., paying conscious attention to one's action during motor skill execution) will disrupt habitual behaviour. As a result, few researchers have considered how performers might tackle bodily anomalies. In the current paper, we seek to address this issue by discussing a variety of the ‘crises’ that confront the performing body. We start by discussing a number of disciplinary practices that may contribute to these crises. Next, we argue that habitual movements must be open to ‘acts of creativity’ in order to maintain a productive relationship between the performing body and the environment. Then we consider what this ‘creative action’ might involve and discuss a number of approaches (e.g., mindfulness, somaesthetic awareness) that could maintain and improve one's movement proficiency. Here, our argument draws on Dewey's (1922) pragmatist philosophy and his belief that ‘intelligent habit’ was required to help people to improve their movement functioning. Finally, we consider the implications of our argument for current conceptualisations of ‘habitual’ movement and recommend that researchers explore the adaptive and flexible capacity of the performing body.

Publication Date Mar 1, 2016
Journal Performance enhancement & health
Print ISSN 2211-2669
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 4
Issue 1-2
Pages 50-57
Institution Citation Toner, J., Jones, L., & Moran, A. (2016). Bodily crises in skilled performance: Considering the need for artistic habits. Performance enhancement & health, 4(1-2), 50-57. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.peh.2015.10.001
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.peh.2015.10.001
Keywords Bodily crises; Health; Expertise; Habit; Automaticity
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2211266915000614
Copyright Statement © 2016, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Additional Information Authors' accepted manuscript of article published in: Performance enhancement & health, 2016, v.4, issue 1-2.

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