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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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Sensuous Knowledge: Making Sense Through the Skin

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A l e x A r t e a g a In this essay I w ill address som e basic aspects o f the aesthetic p roduction o f know ledge, o r as I p refer to call it, the em ergence o f know ledge in the aesthet­ ic exp erien ce . F irst I w ill briefly delim it the term “ sensuous know ledge” in the fram ew ork o f a general characterization o f “aesthetic experience”. I w ill then relate this fo rm o f know ledge to tw o estab lished categories - “know ing-how ” and “know ing-that” - arguing that sensuous know ledge canno t be reduced to either one o f these, although they can be understood as aspects o f aesthetic know ledge. Further, I w ill restate the basic question o f aesthetic experience to exam ine how this specific fo rm o f experiencing , that is, this particu lar m odality o f engagem ent o f an organism w ith its environm ent, affects the boundaries betw een them and consequently contributes to transform ing bo th o f them . Finally, I w ill briefly p o s­ tulate the necessity o f a specific cognitive approach to sensuous know ledge - an aesthetic approach. I w ill end up claim ing tha t aesthetic practice constitu tes one fundam ental research m edium for this form o f know ledge. * * * Sensuous know ledge is a...

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