Thesis Info

Thesis Title
Affective Enactive Systems in Art and TechnoScience: Vital Experiences of Displacement in the City
Tiago Franklin Rodrigues Lucena
2nd Author
3rd Author
Number of Pages
University of Brasilia
Thesis Supervisor
Diana Maria Gallicchio Domingues
Supervisor e-mail
dgdomingues AT
Other Supervisor(s)
Ramesh Raskar
Language(s) of Thesis
Department / Discipline
Art Institute
Languages Familiar to Author
English, German, Spanish, Portuguese
URL where full thesis can be found
Art and TechnoScience. Bioart. Affective Enactive System. Displacements. Physiological Sensors. Ubiquity.
Abstract: 200-500 words
Affective Enactive Systems in Art and TechnoScience: Vital Experiences of Displacement in the City. This PhD dissertation was completed in the Art Graduate Program, within the line of research of Art and Technology at Brasilia University, and was developed at the Art and TechnoScience Research Lab – LART-FGA, from the perspective of The New Leonardos. Connected to the theme of Reengineering of Life, and principally to the sub-theme of Reengineering of Sensorium, this theorical-practical proposal follows a transdisciplinary methodology, inserting itself into Contemporary Art, within the field of Bioart. It brings the Art of the Body into a dialogue with Biomedical Engineering and Health in experiments and reflections generated by the synesthetic and proprioceptive action of walking, based on an enactive approach. The creation in the lab of an Affective enactive system allows the acquisition, transduction, signal processing and data visualization of the affective exchanges as processes to further the understanding of the way the body displaces itself in a city. It creates living maps of the body's action, or by enaction, generates biograms that write documental affective narratives of people’s daily lives and their vital élan. Bodies wearing this system’s electronic components, which are embedded in biomaterial latex and attached to the skin naturally, have their physiological signals obtained during vital experiences of displacement. Enactions emerge from the coupled relationship of body and environment and this PhD dissertation explores the concept of the ubiquitousness and mobility of technology for an expanded sensorium. With the aim of a naturalized aesthetic in the domain of Art and TechnoScience, the results contribute to the fields of Arts, Engineering and Health, inside the m-health field. Comparative analysis with Cinema and the History of Art introduces poetic examples on the theme of walking and the vitality of the act of walking to the sense of presence in physical space augmented by our affective enactive system. They are events, episodes and anecdotes that deliver the ‘happening’ and the ‘performance’ amplified by sensor technologies. The system is composed technically of physiological sensors, and in their ecological classification, measure the sensory (GSR, ECG, EMG and FSR) and locative qualities (GPS and accelerometer). It is a disruptive, innovative technology, that improves the sensory amplification and/or supplementation with the manufacture of synthetic senses, which allow one to capture the human behaviors and experiences in their life situations, transforming the concept of being alive/living. The result was validated by test and control stages, executed inside research labs, in out-of-lab situations (on the street), visualized, commented and illustrated in this PhD dissertation.