Human Geography and the Practice of Presence conducted movement research based on two leading theories of human geography: Actor Network Theory and Non-representational theory. These two theories, which have been widely debated within the field of geography, and in their own ways postulate a manner of being in space that involves interacting directly with one’s environment—moving beyond layers of semiotics and abstracted representations.
Karl Cronin (Choreographer) is an artist interested in how our experiences of particular environments shape our behavior. In recent years, his work has focused on creating ritualized practices that encourage participants to observe and reaect upon their somatic sensations in relation to speci€c environments and situations. Coming from a background in modern dance, which he studied and performed through high school and college, Cronin took an extended break from performing between 2000-2004 to study cognitive development at Harvard’s Lab for Developmental Studies and the neural correlates of music training at Harvard Medical Schools’ Music Neuroimaging Lab. Cronin returned to performing and creating choreography in 2004, and has since presented several works that blend together art practice and scienti€c process. This work has been performed at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, Green Street Studio, The Dance Complex, and in site-speci€c performances in over 14 states. He currently resides in Brooklyn, NY.