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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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Presented Images: On Photographs and Their Various Bodies

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TUOMO RAINIO R eflection on photography begins w ith the crossing o f tw o p a th s—on one side, there is the path o f the picture itse lf and on the other, the path o f the m aterial sub­ stance. In this essay I w ill address this in tersection in the form o f theoretical notes (I), a presen tation o f m y pro ject Valotuksia / Exposures (II), and som e reflections on a set o f other w orks o f m ine that I consider ‘im age-bod ies’ (III). I. Theoretical notes M aterial substance such as paper or ink is ev ident in its concreteness; at the sam e tim e, it seem s, in m any cases, to be alm ost im perceptible. T he m atter becom es even stranger w hen w e realize tha t an im age cannot ex ist w ithou t m aterial sup­ port. In short, m aterial substance is the a p rio ri o f an im age. A non-figurative photograph points this ou t because o f its lack o f recognizable subject. A n abstract or diffuse p icture em phasizes the tw o-d im ensional quality o f the im age p lane. Its im perceptib le m atter m atters. W hen looking at som ething (a photograph , for exam ple) w e grasp the v isual field w ith sight. I f w e...

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