Högre seminariet i filosofi bjuder in till seminarium med Petronella Foultier. Seminariet har den engelska titeln "The Phenomenology of the Body Schema and Contemporary Dance Practice: The Example of ’Gaga’".
Abstract (på engelska): In recent years, the notion of the body schema has been widely discussed, in particular in fields connecting philosophy, cognitive science, and dance studies, as it seems to have bearing across disciplines in a fruitful way. A main source in this literature is Shaun Gallagher’s (1986, 1995, 2005) distinction between the body schema – “pre-noetic” bodily performance – and the body image – the body as intentional object –, another is Merleau-Ponty’s writings on the living body (1945, 2001, 2011), that Gallagher often draws upon. In this paper, I will first discuss Gallagher’s presumed clarification of body schema–body image, and discuss a recent critique by Saint Aubert (2013), who evaluates it against the backdrop of Merleau-Ponty’s thoughts on this issue. While I believe that Saint Aubert’s criticism overshoots the mark, it is useful for a clarification of Gallagher’s analysis and points to a problematic feature, namely the alleged inscrutability of the body schema to phenomenological reflection. This is particularly interesting in relation to contemporary dance and performance practice, where working with – and against – habitual structures is a core element. Certain contemporary training techniques are explicitly aimed at raising awareness of those bodily aspects that condition movement and expression – that Gallagher sees as pertaining to the body schema – and that for the most part, in ordinary activities, remain hidden. In order to clarify the role that reflection on our own body and its habitual patterns plays in contemporary dance practice, I will examine the movement language and improvisation practice “Gaga”, where this aspect is arguably fundamental.
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