Architecture of Embodiment

Sensous sense-making

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 on November 4 to 6, 2013 at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki.

In this first research cell of Architecture of Embodiment, some basic concepts of this research environment were examined collectively through a combination of text-based and movement-based practices. These concepts were: world, sense, emergence, perception, aesthetics, and aesthetic practice. Critical reflection on these concepts was 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