Sensuous sense-making. The emergence of sense in the aesthetic experience and its accessibility through art practice was a research workshop for doctoral students that took place at the Theatre Academy Helsinki on November 4 to 6, 2013.
In this first research cell of Architecture of Embodiment, some basic concepts of this research environment—more concretely of its first phase, aesthetic of embodiment (see structure)—were examined collectively through a combination of text-based and movement practices in the architectural interior space. These concepts were world, sense, emergence, perception, aesthetics, and aesthetic practice. Critical reflection on these concepts was collectively developed according to a phenomenological and enactivist approach.

This was the basic bibliography of the workshop:

Merleau-Ponty, Maurice, Phenomenology of Perception, London 1962 (preface)

Merleau-Ponty, Maurice, “Eye and Mind,” in M. Merleau-Ponty, The Primacy of Perception, and Other Essays on Phenomenological Psychology, the Philosophy of Art, History and Politics, Evanston 1964, 159–190

Merleau-Ponty, Maurice, “The Primacy of Perception and Its Philosophical Consequences,” in ibid., 12–42

Varela, F.J., “Organism: A meshwork of selfless selves,” in A. I. Tauber, Organism and the Origin of Self, Dordrecht 1991, 79–107

Thompson, Evan, Mind in Life: Biology, Phenomenology and the Science of Mind, Cambridge, Massachussetts 2007 (chapter three, “Autonomy and Emergence”)

Arteaga, Alex, “Sensuous Knowledge. Making Sense through the Skin,” in M. Elo and M. Luoto (eds.), Senses of Embodiment. Art, Technics, Media, New York 2014

 

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