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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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Theses, Notes, and Images: On the Photographic Conditions of Embodiment

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MIKA ELO Photographs tell us about bod ies... by being m ute. This “te llin g ” takes the form o f show ing, ind icating and m arking; it y ields to th ink ing beyond representations. * Photographs tell us abou t b o d i e s . by being d istan t in proxim ity. T he pho to ­ graphic surface speaks another language to the eye than to the finger; and yet, both o f these are m oved by the sam e asym m etry. * Photographs tell us about b o d i e s . by m aking them scalable, no t only in space but also in tim e. Photographs show the contingency o f the proper scale as regards bodily stance. In ligh t o f photography, bodies are no t only organized, they are also calibrated. * Photographs tell us about b o d i e s . by show ing the strange concurrence o f differ­ en t tim es. T hey never reproduce the sim ultaneity o f seeing and the seen, o r the style o f the ir encounter, but they can stage it. 132 Mika Elo * Photographs tell us about b o d i e s . by exposing them in a lim ited tim e frame. W ith regard to this fram e, photographic im m obility is nothing bu t a special case o f d ifference in velocity. It is a form o f suspension rem in iscen t...

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