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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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Being, Vision, Image: On Merleau-Ponty’s Eye and Mind

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MlIKA LUOTO Eye and M ind , the very last tex t M aurice M erleau-Ponty pub lished h im self, at­ tem pts to develop an ontology o f vision through reflections on v isual arts, espe­ cially painting. In its ontological aspiration, it is closely connected to the ph ilo ­ sophical p ro jec t w hich occupied M erleau-Ponty during the last years o f his life: the on to logical reassessm ent o f the results o f h is first m ajor w ork, P henom enol­ ogy o f Perception . This pro ject rem ained unfin ished at the tim e o f h is death in 1961, bu t the m ost im portan t m aterial left beh ind w as published posthum ously by C laude L efort in 1964 as The Visible and the Invisible. F rom th is fragm ent we learn that the general aim o f the pro jec t, o f w hich E ye and M in d is a part, w as to investigate B eing on the basis o f the w ay w e are opened to the visib le w orld and thereby also investigate the nature o f ideality. W hile it develops an on tology o f v ision , Eye and M in d is also a philosophical reflection on pain ting . We should no te, how ever, that pa in ting constitu tes less an ob ject o f...

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