Public Lecture

Donnerstag, 24. November 2022
14:00 - 15:30 Uhr
Ort: DIGITALE KUNST, Expositur PSK, Georg-Coch-Platz 2/1. Stock, 1010 Wien

SUSAN KOZEL (Artist, researcher, Malmö University, Sweden)

Somatic Archiving


CATALYSTS – Somatic Resonance 2022. Image: Artist

This talk will combine a discussion of the bodily and philosophical basis of Somatic Archiving with a very small glimpse of the CATALYSTS – Somatic Resonance installation. The talk will open a consideration of phenomenologies of affect, refinements of phenomenological method that permit the sensing and reflection of complex and liminal body states, and will permit the audience members to download the CATALYSTS app and to test it with 2 images from CATALYSTS, an artistic collaboration with Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir, Jeannette Ginslov, Keith Lim. The artistic and philosophical work together contribute to a formulation of somatic materialism.

Susan Kozel has worked for many years at a precarious balancing point between dance, philosophy and responsive digital technologies. She is a Professor at Malmö University's School of Art and Communication in Sweden. With an international profile as a contemporary phenomenologist, she applies philosophical thought to a range of embodied practices in digital cultures. Her research takes the form of both scholarly writing and collaborative artistic work. Publications include the monograph Closer: Performance, Technologies, Phenomenology (MIT Press 2007), and many shorter articles on performance and phenomenology. Recent artistic work includes the Mixed Reality choreographic installation CATALYSTS – Somatic Resonance with Margrét Sara Guðjónsdóttir, Jeannette Ginslov, Keith Lim. She is currently working on a book called Phenomenologies of Affect.

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