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Thursday, August 6 • 15:00 - 15:30
Abstract Expression Capability with Empirical Experience

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This is a paper that deals with the information and analysis obtained through an experimental experience called “grasping the clay”. In this personal experiment, on one hand, I gathered data as a resource and statistically analyzed it, and on the other hand, reconsidered the experience with this particular bodily act through the development with methods of autopoiesis, phenomenology, and cognitive science.

It’s a common understanding that each individual has one’s own unique way of experience. Even as we are living the same world, one could have a totally different perspective towards an experience than that of another. Based on this idea, I developed the subject matter of this thesis, focusing on my personal work that gives significant importance to “feeling”, to elucidate the facts of experience that cannot but refer only in ambiguous and complex terms. Therefore, I have considered the relationship between the body and consciousness by setting it clear that even in consciousness there is a “feeling” movement, which can be described as “double operation” in relation with the body feeling. In addition, I have noted that the process of “experience” is supported and formed by a vast memory. It begins from the way of the recognition of a thing called “first recognition and the re-recognition,” and further I have discussed the issues of language and image to be involved in the formation of experience which lead to the formation and changes in impression. It is argued that for the mental representation of the impression, “touch” has an ability to feel, and in reality, it is talked about as “intensity”. I would like to further present that feeling which is included within the above mentioned properties of intensity can be an indication for the preceding acts, thus may work as expectation, and which then leads to sympathy.

In addition, a state called “trust and relief” which formed by the memory of the feel, is closely related to the feeling experience.

In particular, I have explained that the spheres of experience that advance with body movement, and “a so and so feeling” that is perceived as the inner feel of the body, and that the memory and image that greatly influence the choice of action, and this leads to the accomplishment of performing the operation within the feeling. In addition, to those that are classified as feel, as long as sense of touch and its memory are involved, I have understood that since any feeling has a feature called “ignoring”, a variety of adjustment and control have been naturally imbibed from the facts which influence any information that is relevant. In this way, I have tried to discuss in detail about the memory and images as an element that leads to the experience of “grasping the clay,” which induces a sense of direction, and further, adjusting the speed and pressure to the body. Those elements that are formed in this context are the “experiential knowledge obtained through touch or feel,” which present a new sign to the formation of human knowledge that has been formed through visuals at its core, with higher functions, such as language and thinking.

Based on such points, the experiment of “grasping the clay” was conducted to gather views through the experience of each individual person and to relate them to the relationship with sense of touch and language. The following is the synthesis of the experiment. The impression of clay as its target tends to be considered as a metaphor or the similarity of the goods, an analogy, which also been involved in awareness of the subject of “first recognition and re-recognition”, and it is possible that the impression could vary by touching the clay directly under each case. And, I realized that the “pleasant or unpleasant” feelings are established by doing over the prehistory of the subject under the continuation of one’s behavior. Also there is a variation in the experience by the degree of intimacy, such as a nostalgic feeling, through the degree of action represented by the word, such as “a success or a failure,” while in contact with the subject. In the continuation of the experience, the above variations may lead to a shift in the ways of looking at the subject by different individuals. Also the change was observed among the relationship between “the quantity” and “the numbers.” However, under the performative experience, it operates naturally, and is gradually formed because it is already in the process and cannot be withdrawn with clear signs. In other words, here “grasping the clay” has been the subject of a kind of an aesthetic, and the productive experience. In this way, in the process of “grasping the clay”, one is involved in the experience of self-forming, through creating certain forms or shapes, that are closely related to the bodily senses. In particular, the material called “clay” is reflects in detail the movement and the inner workings of an individual. In an experience called “grasping of the clay”, each individual follows several questions that are repeated while holding the clay, and by this process, individual differences are studied. In addition to the problem of “first recognition” and “the re-recognition”, memory that has already been working, the short-term memory is mediated by a change in the feel and the changes through such a process. In this context, it is noted that there are individual differences in the appearance of some objects or material.

This paper discusses the possibilities of such a performative experience and the various elements for expanding the human experience through the results of the experiment of “grasping of the clay.” In particular, since the experiment involves a feeling experience, it not only explores possibilities of the experiences based on the data, but also develops a stream of arguments that could involve cognitive sciences. This paper deals by considering the results of the inner senses, the elements that are not apparent through emphasizing on the perception, could be further considered for more clear solutions with consideration between abstract capability and empirical experience.

Presenter / Artist

Suehye Lee

ISSS Student

Thursday August 6, 2015 15:00 - 15:30 CEST
Copenhagen 1 Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz, Gabriele-Tergit-Promenade 19, 10963 Berlin, Germany

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