89 York Boulevard, Transmedia Lab - Accolade West 103, Toronto, ON
Somaesthetics is a new interdisciplinary field of research dedicated to the study and cultivation of the soma (the living, sentient, purposive body) as our medium of sensory perception (aesthesis) and action and also the site of our expressive self-stylization. Concerned not only with understanding but improving our experience and performance through heightened, more perceptive somatic awareness, somaesthetics involves both theory and practice. After providing an introductory sketch of the somaesthetic project by outlining its aims, genealogy, and structure, the presentation will then focus on the application of somaesthetics to the fields of art and design, focusing particularly on human-computer interactive design.
Richard Shusterman is the Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar in the Humanities and Director of the Center for Body, Mind, and Culture at Florida Atlantic University. His major authored books include Thinking through the Body; Body Consciousness; Surface and Depth; Performing Live; Practicing Philosophy; and Pragmatist Aesthetics (now published in fifteen languages). Shusterman received his doctorate in philosophy from Oxford and has held academic appointments in France, Germany, Denmark, Israel, Italy, China, and Japan. The French government honored him as a Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques, and he was awarded research grants from the NEH, Fulbright Commission, ACLS, Humboldt Foundation, and UNESCO. His research in the field of somaesthetics is nourished by his practice as a certified somatic therapist employing the Feldenkrais Method and his creative work in performance art.
This free public lecture is a part of Movement and Emotion as Computational Interfaces, a workshop and speaker series led by an interdisciplinary team with backgrounds in performance, computational media art and bioengineering,