Situating situatedness through Æffect and the architectural body of Arakawa and Gins
Keane, Jondi 2007, Situating situatedness through Æffect and the architectural body of Arakawa and Gins, Janus Head Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Continental Philosophy, vol. 9, no. 2, Winter, pp. 437-457.
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Janus Head Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies in Continental Philosophy
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This paper explores the situated body by briefly surveying the historical studies of effect and of affect which converge in current work on attention. This common approach to the situated body through attention prompted the coining of a more inclusive term, Æffect, to indicate the situated body’s mode of observation. Examples from the work of artist-turned-architects, Arakawa and Gins, will be discussed to show how architectural environments can act as heuristic tools that allow the situated body to research its own conditions. Rather than isolating effect from affect, observer from subject, organism from environment, Arakawa and Gins’ work optimises the use of situated complexity in the study of the site of person. By constructing surrounding in which to observe and learn about the shape of awareness, their procedural architecture suggests ways in which the interaction of top-down conceptual knowledge and bottom-up perceptual learning may construct possibilities in emergent rather than programmatic ways.
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209999 Language, Communication and Culture not elsewhere classified
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970120 Expanding Knowledge in Language, Communication and Culture
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