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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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The Dancing Body and Creative Expression: Reflections Based on Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology

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1 A n n a p e t r o n e l l a f o u l t ie r W hen a dancer p erfo rm s a choreography , h e r body appears as a p articu lar, liv ­ ing hum an body, bu t it a lso carries a m ean ing th a t d istingu ishes her p erfo r­ m ance as dance , as a w ork o f art. T he m ean ing or sign ification b ro u g h t about by the dancing body has rare ly been add ressed in the h isto ry o f philosophy, and on ly recen tly have researchers begun to consider it to be a them e w orthy o f ph ilosoph ical in te rest.2 In Phenom enology o f P erception , M aurice M erleau-Ponty gives a phenom ­ enological characterization o f the liv ing body as a w ork o f art;3 here, m eaning in general - no t only the m eaning o f the body bu t also th a t o f art and signs - is understood as an incarnated phenom enon. In his later w ritings, M erleau-Ponty furtherm ore attem pts a t understanding linguistic m eaning by com paring it w ith m eaning in art - in painting, poetry, and m usic.4 In m y view, his ideas open to ­ w ards an understanding o f...

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