Synaesthesia and Kinaesthetics
Edited By Joerg Fingerhut, Sabine Flach and Jan Söffner
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.
Feeling and Cognition
Feel the Feeling Media-Installations as Laboratories of Senses SABINE FLACH In 2004, in an interview titled “The image as anthropological phenomenon,” the art historian Hans Belting was asked the question: “Do you mean that experienc- ing an image is always a synesthetic experience?” To which he playfully gave the convincing and short answer: “Yes.”1 This simple yes is the basis and argument of the following reflections. I assume that the experience of an artistic work is fundamentally synesthetic and conse- quently, the basic assumption of my remarks is that in terms of image act theory as a Habitus in Habitat, this “Yes” clearly reveals one thing: the artwork is not experienced by the eye alone. It is always the entire body which perceives and is perceived. The self-awareness of the person who uses his body as a medium, allows him to react to the materiality or the immaterial materiality of images in a specific way, based on its physicality. It means that the question to ask: “What is an image?” cannot be answered from what is thought of the image alone, but first of all de- monstrate the compelling interdependency between the body that perceives an image, remembers an image, shows or produces it and the material image itself. This combination is more remarkable in installation spaces of contemporary art, which are more and more distant from the classical concept of image – as the traditional iconicity – and present us with sensations, light effects; visibilities which can be pictorial, but...
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