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Touching art : intimacy, embodiment, and the somatosensory system

Ellen J. Esrock

Title:
Touching art : intimacy, embodiment, and the somatosensory system
Author(s):
Esrock, Ellen J.
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Type:
Working papers
Department(s):
Italian Academy
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Series:
Italian Academy Fellows' Seminar Working Papers
Publisher:
Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University
Publisher Location:
New York
Abstract:
"Imagine you are standing in an art museum, mesmerized by an enormous canvas of turbulent paint. Though you find no recognizable images, you are fascinated by the swirling movements of rich azures and cobalt blues. Your eyes follow the artist’s long, energetic brush strokes across the work, and you feel a sense of motion inside your body. Suddenly, your attention is caught by a small area of densely applied paint—a deep crimson. You linger. The thick color glows. As your awareness of the surroundings dim, the bright spot on the canvas expands, and the sensuous color seems to flow into you. You are immersed. Instants later, the bond breaks, as your attention shifts to a nearby conversation. What a viewer is experiencing in such moments of immersion is a shift in the ordinary sense of one’s bodily boundaries. For an instant, viewer and art work seem to merge."
Subject(s):
Aesthetics
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Suggested Citation:
Ellen J. Esrock, , Touching art : intimacy, embodiment, and the somatosensory system, Columbia University Academic Commons, .

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