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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: Tuomo Rainio

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Presented Images: On Photographs and Their Various Bodies

TUOMO RAINIO

Reflection on photography begins with the crossing of two paths—on one side, there is the path of the picture itself and on the other, the path of the material substance. In this essay I will address this intersection in the form of theoretical notes (I), a presentation of my project Valotuksia / Exposures (II), and some reflections on a set of other works of mine that I consider ‘image-bodies’ (III).

I. Theoretical notes

Material substance such as paper or ink is evident in its concreteness; at the same time, it seems, in many cases, to be almost imperceptible. The matter becomes even stranger when we realize that an image cannot exist without material support. In short, material substance is the a priori of an image. A non-figurative photograph points this out because of its lack of recognizable subject. An abstract or diffuse picture emphasizes the two-dimensional quality of the image plane. Its imperceptible matter matters.

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