Art and the Senses

Paperback | July 15, 2013

EditorFrancesca Bacci, David Melcher

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In recent years, there has been a re-discovery of the importance of sensory experience in our daily lives. The senses play a vital role in our health, in our social interactions, and in enjoying food, music and the arts. This book provides an introduction to the study of the senses and the arts. It contains over thirty chapters written by artists/practitioners, including, musicians, visual artists, a "sculptor for the blind", a celebrity chef, a choreographer, designers, and architects. It also includes chapters byleading neuroscientists and psychologists who study the senses, as well as chapters from scholars from the humanities, including, art history, anthropology, and cultural studies. The book provides a unique interdisciplinary overview of the senses, ranging from the neuroscience of sensory processing in the body, to cultural influences on how the senses are used in society, to the role of the senses in the arts. The chapters are written by leading academics, artists andscientists, each of whom brings different perspectives and experiences to the book. Together, these chapters form a timely snapshot of research on the human senses which makes clear a number of common themes that run across the arts, humanities, and sciences. The first book of its kind, Art and the Senses will be a valuable tool for anyone interested in how the senses interact with each other to create meaningful human experience.

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In recent years, there has been a re-discovery of the importance of sensory experience in our daily lives. The senses play a vital role in our health, in our social interactions, and in enjoying food, music and the arts. This book provides an introduction to the study of the senses and the arts. It contains over thirty chapters written...

Francesca Bacci is Research Fellow at the Center for Mind and Brain Sciences, University of Trento, Italy. David Melcher is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Cognitive Sciences at the University of Trento, Italy.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:676 pagesPublished:July 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199674973

ISBN - 13:9780199674978

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Francesca Bacci: Making sense of art, making art of sense2. Nicholas J. Wade: The Science and Art of the Sixth Sense3. Geraldine A. Johnson: The Art of Touch in Early Modern Italy4. Charles Spence: The multisensory perception of touch5. Rosalyn Driscoll: Aesthetic Touch6. Elio Franzini: Art, aesthetics and the senses7. Francesca Bacci: Sculpture and touch?8. Jennifer M. Barker: Touch and the Cinematic Experience9. David Howes: Hearing Scents, Tasting Sights: Toward a Cross-Cultural Multi-Modal Theory of Aesthetics10. Tim Jacob: The science of taste and smell11. Charles Spence, Maya U. Shankar, and Heston Blumenthal: The Influence of hearing on eating, drinking and perception12. Laura U. Marks: Thinking Multisensory Culture13. Simon Shaw-Miller: Sighting Sound: Listening with Eyes Open14. David Melcher and Massimiliano Zampini: The sight and sound of music: audio-visual interactions in science and the arts15. David Melcher: Improvisation in time: The art of jazz- An interview with Greg Osby and Skip Hadden16. Carol L. Krumhansl and Fred Lerdahl: Musical Tension17. Guy Madison: Cause and affect. A functional perspective on music and emotion18. Vic Muniz and David Melcher: The Mystery of Representation: a Conversation with Vic Muniz19. David Melcher and Patrick Cavanagh: Pictorial cues in art and in visual perception20. Ruggero Pierantoni: The many dimensions of the third one21. Jeffrey M. Zacks and Joseph P. Magliano: Film, Narrative, and Cognitive Neuroscience22. Vittorio Gallese: Mirror neurons and art23. Amir Amedi, Lotfi B. Merabet, Noa Tal, Alvaro Pascual-Leone: Pictorial art beyond sight: revealing the mind of a blind painter24. Dr Jamie Ward: Visual Music in Arts and Minds: Explorations with Synaesthesia25. Cretien van Campen: Visual Music and Musical Paintings: The quest for synaesthesia in the arts26. Ivar Hagendoorn: Dance, Choreography and the Brain27. Beatriz Calvo-Merino and Patrick Haggard: Neuroaesthetic of performing arts28. Hendrik N.J. Schifferstein and Paul Hekkert: Multi-Sensory Aesthetics in Product Design29. Alberto Perez-Gomez: Architecture and the Body30. Juhani Pallasmaa: Architecture and the existensial sense31. Elena Pasquinelli: Multimodal, interactive media and the illusion of realit

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"This is, by any standards, a remarkable collection, which brings together a diversity of theoretically minded scholars, scientists, artists, and others." --Michael Silk, The Times Literary Supplement February 2012