Thesis Info

Thesis Title
Metaphors in the responsive artistic installations
Josefina López Aguayo
2nd Author
3rd Author
Fine Arts
Number of Pages
University of Barcelona (UB)
Thesis Supervisor
David Casacuberta Sevila
Supervisor e-mail
david.casacuberta AT
Other Supervisor(s)
Alicia Vela Cisneros
Language(s) of Thesis
Department / Discipline
Design and Image
Languages Familiar to Author
URL where full thesis can be found
Art and cognitive science, responsive installations, conceptual art, methaphors, contemporary art
Abstract: 200-500 words
Interactive art installations, a novel form of expression, have their roots in experimental art forms from the first decades of the XXth century. Thanks to recent developments in robotics, artificial intelligence and neuroscience, such installations have reached a new, highly sophis-ticated level of human-machine interactions. For such 'intelligent' spaces I use the term: Performative-Interactive Art Installations (P-IAIs). Due to the relative novelty of P-IAIs, there are no studies analyzing them from the human agent's perspective so far. For this purpose, I have reviewed the utility of three related cognitive linguistics frameworks: the Conceptual Metaphor Theory (Lakoff and Johnson), image schemas (Johnson) and the Conceptual Integration (Blending) Theory (Fauconnier and Turner) using twelve P-IAIs. The symbolic meanings of the analyzed P-IAIs have been converted into linguistics metaphors using Lakoffian models, which has turned out to be a useful but incomplete approach. The understanding of P-IAIs was subsequently improved by using tools from the Blending Theory (BT). BT combines present and the past contextual information of the agent, highlighting compression of vital relationships between these input mental spaces and producing so called blend. The study analyzes agent's sensorial processes (in particular: sensorimotor), perception, metaphor processing and emotional responses. The main results are: (i) automatic sensorimotor reactions invoked by the relevant subset of analyzed P-IAIs are important for understanding the implications of such P-IAIs; (ii) such installations induce sensorial and subsequent perceptive changes within the agent specific to P-IAIs. Finally, I propose that the Conceptual Integration Theory is an useful tool for interpreting agent's cognitive responses to IAI-P. (Original title: Instalaciones artísticas de interacción: el espacio de la metáfora)