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Title: Merleau-Ponty and neuroaesthetics: Two approaches to performance and technology
Authors: Broadhurst, S
Keywords: Performance and technology;Art and perception;Aesthetic theorisation;Defamiliarisation;Merleau-Ponty;Extended body;Visible and invisible;Embodied experience;Neuroaesthetic approach;Visual perception
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Digital Creativity, 23(3-4), 225 - 238, 2012
Abstract: Assisted by the rapid growth of digital technology, which has enhanced its ambitions, performance is an increasingly popular area of artistic practice. This article seeks to contextualise this within two methodologically divergent yet complimentary intellectual tendencies. The first is the work of the philosopher Merleau-Ponty, who recognised that our experience of the world has an inescapably ‘embodied’ quality, not reducible to mental accounts, which can be vicariously extended through specific instrumentation. The second is the developing field of neuroaesthetics; that is, neurological research directed towards the analysis, in brain-functional terms, of our experiences of objects and events which are culturally deemed to be of artistic significance. I will argue that both these contexts offer promising approaches to interpreting developments in contemporary performance, which has achieved critical recognition without much antecedent theoretical support.
Description: This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of an article published in Digital Creativity, 23(3-4), 225 - 238, 2012. Copyright @ 2012 Taylor & Francis, available online at:
ISSN: 1462-6268
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Dept of Arts and Humanities Research Papers

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