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Habitus in Habitat III

Synaesthesia and Kinaesthetics


Edited By Joerg Fingerhut, Sabine Flach and Jan Söffner

A myriad of sensations inform and direct us when we engage with the environment. To understand their influence on the development of our habitus it is important to focus on unifying processes in sensing. This approach allows us to include phenomena that elude a rather narrow view that focuses on each of the five discrete senses in isolation. One of the central questions addressed in this volume is whether there is something like a sensual habitus, and if there is, how it can be defined. This is especially done by exploring the formation and habituation of the senses in and by a culturally shaped habitat. Two key concepts, Synaesthesia and Kinaesthetics, are addressed as essential components for an understanding of the interface of habitat and the rich and multisensory experience of a perceiving subject.
At a Berlin-based conference Synaesthesia and Kinaesthetics, scholars from various disciplines gathered to discuss these issues. In bringing together the outcome of these discussions, this book gives new insights into the key phenomena of sensory integration and synaesthetic experiences, it enriches the perspectives on sensually embedded interaction and its habituation, and it expands this interdisciplinary inquiry to questions about the cultures of sensory habitus.


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JOERG FINGERHUT Introduction 9 Phenomenologies of Synaesthesia CAROLINE JONES Embodied Experience 23 HINDERK EMRICH The World of Synaesthesia. Subjectivity and the Brain – Synthesis 41 GABRIELE BRANDSTETTER “Listening…” – Kinaesthetic Awareness in Contemporary Dance 51 Feeling and Cognition SABINE FLACH Feel the Feeling. Media-Installations as Laboratories of Senses 69 SVEN SPIEKER Radical Inactivism: Gilles Deleuze on Inert Motion in Francis Bacon’s Painting (Logique de la Sensation) 87 Framing Synaesthesia JOERG FINGERHUT Sensorimotor Signature, Skill, and Synaesthesia. Two Challenges for Enactive Theories of Perception 101 PAUL K. CUMMING Synaesthesia As a Natural Aberration of Sensory Pathways. Evidence from Anatomic and Functional Brain Imaging Studies 121 KARL CLAUSBERG Scrolled Voices. Synaesthetic Encounters of a Different Kind 135 8 Content Spatialities ROBIN CURTIS Learning to Live with Abstraction. Filmic Reception and Sensory Intermodality 155 HEINZ PAETZOLD Experiencing the Urban Environment in its Atmospheric Characters 171 ISABELLE MOFFAT The Hermeneutics of Space in Painting: Jackson Pollock and Cy Twombly 183 Modernities GERHARD SCHARBERT Correspondances – Synaesthesia, Senses, and Modernity 199 JAN SÖFFNER Synaesthesias of Reading. Rilke’s Cross-Modalities 211 WOLFGANG ERNST The Temporal Gap. On Asymmetries within the So-Called “Audiovisual” Regime (in Sensory Perception and in Technical Media) 225 Arts of Synaesthesia DITTE LYNGKÆR PEDERSEN Why Is Green a Red Word? 243 Interview with KATE HOLLETT 255

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