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Senses of Embodiment: Art, Technics, Media

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Mika Elo and Miika Luoto

This volume is a collection of essays that presents both theory- and practice-based approaches to questions concerning the embodiment of sense.
Exploring the opening of meaning in sensible configurations, the texts also address the medial structures – at once aesthetic, bodily and technical – that condition our access to whatever makes sense to us.
The texts show in various ways how these phenomena call for trans-disciplinary research, and how theoretical or philosophical questioning gains from the experimental possibilities of artistic research.

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Introduction: In Medias Res

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N ew technologies affect sense perception, our m ost im m ediate access to the w orld, in w ays tha t concern not only w hat and how w e perceive, bu t the very conditions o f perception itse lf. T ransform ing the sense o f tim e and space as w ell as the m eaning o f the body inhabiting a place, new technologies in fact m ake us aw are o f those conditions in new ways. For a long tim e, the conditions o f percep­ tion w ere held to be unchanging and universal, belonging to a natural or tran ­ scendental order, bu t have now proved to be functions o f com plex historical and technical processes. H ow ever, since our aw areness o f the w ays in w hich tech ­ nologies transform our sensuous access to the w orld is m ainly non-reflective and practical, based on the everyday use o f technological devices, our experience o f the changing conditions o f perception is essentially a m ixture o f fam iliarity and strangeness. In theoretical discussions concern ing new m edia th is am biguousness is m anifested in the polarity betw een technophilic and technophobic accoun ts.1 A t the sam e tim e, it has also becom e evident that w e do not confront tech­ nologies m erely as w ell-designed instrum ents serving us in our efforts to achieve particular ends. Especially...

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