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Senses of Embodiment: Art, Technics, Media


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 starting point of the present volume was the international colloquium Senses of Embodiment in May 2012 that was organized by the Media Aesthetics Research Group at Aalto University in Helsinki. Many of the papers, workshops and performances presented at this occasion were developed into written contributions for this volume.

Projects like this tend to have unforeseen temporal dynamics. This means that it is the flexibility and professional input of the persons involved that makes the cooperation smooth and fruitful. We are thankful for Suzanne Anker and Sabine Flach, the editors of the book series Art / Knowlegde / Theory, for offering us the possibility to publish this anthology in their book series. Our acknowledgements go also to Raul Gomez Valdeverde and to Angelica Scholze who has accompanied the project from the publisher’s side. Further, this publication could not have been realized without the generous support of prof. Harri Laakso and the Figures of Touch research project funded by the Academy of Finland. We are also thankful for the institutional support this project has got from Aalto University’s School of Arts, Design and Architecture. Kone Foundation we thank for the grant that made possible the organizing of the Senses of Embodiment colloquium. A special thank goes to Kaisa Sivenius whose linguistic feedback was of invaluable help in the final phase of the editorial process. Finally, we want to express our gratitude to the contributors and all those colleagues in Finland and abroad who, in one way...

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