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Embodied Fantasies: From Awe to Artifice


Edited By Suzanne Anker and Sabine Flach

Embodied Fantasies, a concept central to art history, theory and practice is concurrently a topic debated in the fields of the neuro- and cognitive sciences, philosophy and phenomenology.
This volume focuses on notions of embodiment as they relate to sexuality, aesthetics, epistemology, perception, and fantasy itself.
Approaches to modes of fantasies are explored beyond traditional conceptions to include complex thinking processes, subjectivity and inter-subjective experiences. What function do fantasies and their images possess in relation to art as a form of knowledge production?


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4. Places and Spaces


Star Arts or Celestial Embodiments: Culturally Conventionalized Constellations and Ambiguous Artistic Asterisms in the Modern Projection Planetarium. BORIS GOESL Ideas are to objects as constellations are to stars.1 Walter Benjamin, in: The Origin of German Tragic Drama The astronomy Newton gave us was a triumph over supernaturalism because it united the mechanics of the sub-lunary world with an account of the heavenly bodies [...]. Today, the biggest challenge is to explain our powers of thinking and imagination, our abilities to represent and report our thoughts [...].2 Barry C. Smith Prehistory and Early History of Projection Planetariums Nowadays there are about 3000 projection planetariums all over the world.3 Étienne-Louis Boullée’s monumental, never-built Cenotaph for Isaac Newton, which would have been a 150 meter hollow sphere, can be considered a plane- tarium forerunner. Richard Sennett explicitly compared it to “a modern plane- tarium”4. This revolutionary proto-planetarium’s dome would have been pierced by “funnel-like openings”5 which embodied the artificial stars, which hence would have been illuminated by a real star’s light from outside: by the sun. 1 Benjamin: The Origin of German Tragic Drama, p. 34. 2 Smith: “What We Know May Not Change Us.” 3 Petersen: “The Unique Role of the Planetarium”, p. 102. 4 Sennett: Flesh and Stone, p. 265. 5 Ibid. 160 Boris Goesl More direct historic antecedents of the modern planetarium had been hol- low-sphere walk-in celestial globes like the Gottorp Copper Globe (1654), Rog- er Long’s Uranium at Pembroke College, Cambridge, UK (1758), and the At-...

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