26. mars 2008

The Senses Of Touch

Lecture by Dr. Mark Paterson, University Of Exeter
The lecture is building on his book on this subject.

He looks into the language of feeling: The "felt" phenomenology which is the Science of describing experience. The phenomenology psykology. The phenomenology language lets us see deeper inside ourselves. Touch expands into a series of sematic sensations combining all available sensing input into a coherent and meaningful output.

Aestetics defined: "Pertaining to the senses". The aestetic atitude is to learn how to see.

Bye holding feeling and learning by touch you can remember previous similar experiences. The aestetichs of sculpture results in more embodied engagement (according to Margaret Bodin) due to the possibilities of touch and other haptic senses. Sculpture is created for the hand, while painting are made for the eye ( Das Plastik (1778)).

Herder claims that touch is the most sluggish of our senses, but i know that touch, especially in the fingers are the fastes senses on our bodies, you react musculary to sharp objects before you think of them...

Synasesthesia: The cross connection of senses (the taste colours etc.)

Greek art was based on close inspection, nearly haptic, later roman art was based on vision from a disance, less haptic.

A writer uses words to describe sensory experiences a painter uses colour and form.

Touch has been systematically removed from history

In the english language touch and feel has been and is too tightly connected.

Feel the prensence:Thecnologies of touch, how can one feel precense at a distance. The Phantom feedback scribe (tested on the convention in Frankfurt) - hooked up to another scribe and then you can feel anothers movement.

But how does the touching of flesh compare to other types of touches?

The virtual sensorioum.
Sensorium: The way an organism organises the sensory envelope. Motorium: The way an organism organises the motorium envelope. These envelopes helps us understand and act in our world. Achim Bühl defines vr to: "that engages several human senses simultaneosly ...giving the user the impression that the computer enviroment is actually real."

Distillation: Phenommenological experimentation through virtual art. The

Full body immersion happens by my view in water and putting on clothes and maybe sex. So that davies says that it isonly possible in vr is maybe not that correct?...
Thecnology that can reduce teh aversion of touch is intersting. could touch be transitted through mobile devices? How does rfid fit in that can we touch and feel another person without actually touch the person.

Book: "Senses of touch" Paterson.
People: Sharp Davis, Claudia Seremetakis, Jennifer Fisher

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