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Senses of Embodiment: Art, Technics, Media

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Edited By 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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From Elephans Photographicus to the Hybronaut: An Artistic Approach to Human Enhancement

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LAURA BELOFF Introduction In 1969 G regory B ateson proposed that instead o f m id-n ineteen th-century th ink­ ing on survival in D arw in ian term s, in w hich unit o f survival is e ither fam ily line or the species, w e know by now (1969) tha t the un it o f survival in the real b io ­ logical w orld is the organism plus its environm ent. In o ther w ords, the organism tha t destroys its environm en t destroys itse lf.1 This suggests a cohesive im age o f a synergistic organism that is firm ly jo in ed w ith its environm ent. Tow ard a sim ilar d irection in perceiv ing the connection betw een an organ­ ism and its environm ent, Jakob von U exkull (1864-1944) w as arguing already in 1934 w ith his developm ent o f the concept o f Umwelt, w hich proposes tha t o rgan­ ism ’s subjective perception o f the w orld is d irected by its physio log ical design and its needs. In this view point, the surrounding environm ent provides the neces­ sary supplies for o rgan ism ’s survival and the o rgan ism ’s physio logical design has adapted to this environm ent.. T hat is to say that the organism fo rm s a subjective perception tha t can be im agined as a soap bubble tha t surrounds each individual...

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