Embodied Fantasies: From Awe to Artifice (Art - Knowledge - Theory)
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Embodied Fantasies, a concept central to art history, theory and practice is concurrently a topic debated in the fields of the neuro- and cognitive sciences, philosophy and phenomenology.
This volume focuses on notions of embodiment as they relate to sexuality, aesthetics, epistemology, perception, and fantasy itself.
Approaches to modes of fantasies are explored beyond traditional conceptions to include complex thinking processes, subjectivity and inter-subjective experiences. What function do fantasies and their images possess in relation to art as a form of knowledge production?
phenomenon of “presence in absence” that deserved explanation is not adequately accounted for. For if, as (C) suggest, there is no perception of imagery that stands in place of what is absent, how could something be made present in our experience? That is to say, if there is no tree around, but I also do not perceive a substitute mental image of a tree, how could I have an experience in which a tree is present? Now, in account (C) it is not denied that imagination will involve imagery. On the
yet seen. The mental image and the l’objet image are two sides of the same phenomenon. Their difference, if any, is that one image is ephemeral, but others can be permanent. The supposed dichotomy of external images, which rely on real canvas and inner images that arise from ding-free (ding-freie) images is rendered obsolete.26 Under this perspective images are embodied as pictures. We see pictures opticly and at the same time as images in the mind. Sensory experiences, as they take place in the
feminine version of the term [the German ending –in corresponds to the English ending “–ess” in waitress or “–ette” in usherette, tr.] is unusual, a neologism which constitutes an anthropomorphizing of the device, the object “spotlight”: an “embodiment” of the thing in female form. A spotlight throws light on other people/things, while normally remaining invisible itself. Scheinwerferin, in the feminine, embodied form of the term, also suggests that someone here is casting a Schein about them
system’s transition point between detection via cone- and the more sensitive rod-photoreceptors. What a Day for a Night-dream or the Night is (Not) for Sleeping: The Cosmo-Narco-Hypno-Nexus Formerly, in planetariums, by regulation, straight-backed chairs were used in order to prevent the visitor from sleeping.34 Yet, after planetarium designers realized that the constant neck-craning itself was indeed bodily fatiguing and all too inconvenient, a concrete re-regulatory practice, influencing the
interior design was introduced: reclining chairs were installed in planetariums. One cannot avoid acknowledging the direct sleep-inducing effect of a planetarium’s artificial night by day, especially with the newer reclining chairs. The planetarium experience could also be described as an artificial daydream or simulated waking dream. Jim Dwyer reported on visitors’ impressions of the new New York 31 32 33 34 Ibid., p. 100. Vallverdú: