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Thesis Info

LABS ID
00203
Title
sensate skins: Unfolding an affective, responsive aesthetics
Author
Dennis Humphrey
2nd Author
3rd Author
Degree
Master of Arts
Year
2007
Number of Pages
127
University
Simon Fraser University
Thesis Supervisor
Susan Kozel
Supervisor e-mail
kozel AT sfu.ca
Other Supervisor(s)
Thecla Schiphorst
Language(s) of Thesis
English
Department / Discipline
School of Interactive Arts and Technology
Languages Familiar to Author
English, French
URL where full thesis can be found
www.sfu.ca/~dhumphra/portfolio/DH_Thesis_v28_final_comp.pdf
Keywords
responsivity;aesthetics; phenomenology; touch; body;affect
Abstract: 200-400 words
This thesis explores responsive aesthetics in art installations—how individuals, through their senses, engage in meaningful, affective exchanges with a responsive artwork that focuses on touch and the body as the critical loci of reciprocity. Concepts drawn from multidisciplinary writings assisted in developing this responsive aesthetics: approaches to the body, lived experience, reversibility and intercorporeity from existential phenomenology; the construction of the self and sexuality from psychoanalytical theory and gender studies; models of responsivity, the relationships between haptic, visual and multimodal perception from physiology, human perception and art criticism. The construction and exhibition of a prototype haptic responsive installation, sensate skins, provided a means of embodying and exploring the multiple folds of responsivity and gathering engagent impressions on their lived experience.