Situated Aesthetics: Art Beyond the Skin

Situated Aesthetics: Art Beyond the Skin

by Riccardo Manzotti

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ISBN-13: 9781845402389
Publisher: Imprint Academic
Publication date: 04/10/2011
Pages: 250
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

My main interest is the understanding the nature of consciousness. To do so, I believe that we need to change our fundamental categories. The road I envisage passes through the technological land of robotics as well as the misty shadows of theoretical philosophical analysis. We hope I won't get lost along the journey. There is no more important quest than consciousness. For the conscious mind is the point of the universe where knowledge and being are one and the same.

In order to to understand consciousness, we need to understand reality. To understand reality we need two steps: hypotheses and empirical verifications. The scientific tradition narrowed the field of empirical evidence at only the objective facts. In order to understand what consciousness is, a new ontological standpoint is needed and, in order to verify such ontological premises a new kind of experiments must be envisaged.

To verify a theory of consciousness, empirical experiments are needed. Two possibilities are feasible. The first one is interfering with the conscious subjective experience of human beings. To design an experiment in which it is possible to predict and describe in advance a change in content in a subject's experience. The second option is to build an artificial being with a structure that can be related with the development of a true subject. This second approach is followed by implementing an architecture coherent with the new ontology.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Notes on Authors viii

1 Preface Riccardo Manzotti 1

Part 1 From Externalism to Aesthetics

2 Varieties of Externalism and Aesthetics Riccardo Manzotti 15

3 Externalism, Mind, and Art Erik Myin Johan Veldeman 37

4 Enacting Musical Content Joel Krueger 63

5 Extended Space in Perception and Art Liliana Albertazzi 87

Part 2 Externalist Approaches to Aesthetics

6 Art and Extensionism Robert Pepperell 107

7 The Aesthetics of Material Engagement Lambros Malafouris 123

8 Language, Rhythm, Grain of Voice Sabine Marienberg 141

9 An Externalist Approach to Literature: From Novel to Cave Writing Paola Carbone 155

Part 3 Art Beyoned the Skin

10 Musical Experience and the Extended Self Teed Rockwell 173

11 Music is Everywhere: A Situated Approach to Music Composition Sylvain Le Groux Paul F.M.J. Verschure 189

12 Creation as Secretion: An Externalist Model in Aesthetics Stéphane Dumas 211

13 The Self is Around Me Giuliano Galletta 233

Index 241

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