Vol. 12 No. 2 (2019): Bodies and cultures. How we become ourselves
Monographica

The Work of Art in a Pragmatist Perspective, between Somaesthetics and Techno-aesthetics

Dario Cecchi
Università degli Studi di Roma "La Sapienza"
Published November 13, 2019
Keywords
  • Techno-aesthetics, Somaesthetics, Art, Aesthetic Experience, Philosophical Anthropology
How to Cite
Cecchi, D. (2019). The Work of Art in a Pragmatist Perspective, between Somaesthetics and Techno-aesthetics . Aisthesis. Pratiche, Linguaggi E Saperi dell’estetico, 12(2), 87-99. https://doi.org/10.13128/Aisthesis-10724

Abstract

John Dewey puts aesthetic experience at the center of his reflection on art and beauty, reconsidering it dynamically. Nowadays, this view opened the path to somaesthetics, a term coined by Richard Shusterman, and aesthetic anthropology. Here, it is argued that the contribution of pragmatist aesthetics could be further developed by exploring its analogies with techno-aesthetics, a paradigm proposed by French philosopher Gilbert Simondon in the early 1980s. Art occupies accordingly a special place within the different forms of aesthetic experience, being considered as a way of experimenting the impact of new technologies in the human experience. It is a process by which technologies create ‘devices’ for experimenting perception and reflection: namely, ways of reconstructing the nature of the human mind in-between body and technology, and by means of their interaction. Cinema reconsidered after Dewey’s fellow George H. Mead, offers an exemplary case as both artistic and technological devices.

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