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Monday, June 12 • 13:00 - 14:00
LP Joerg Fingerhut and Katrin Heimann. Film and 4EA cognition. Movies as part of our artifactual mind

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Recent approaches in embodied, embedded, enactive, extended, and affective (4EA) cognitive science argue that mental activity is best understood as relational.  Such a science of the mind is “integrative” in the sense that the tools und cultural artifacts we engage with co-constitute the embodied relations that we can entertain. We argue that film – and more precisely edited moving images – constitutes a rather pervasive kind of such an artifact. Film therefore allows us to directly address and systematically research how artifacts alter our perceptual access and co-constitute the mental states that we entertain.

An embodied approach, on the other hand is also necessary in order to understand our intense engagement and aesthetic experience of film. We will discuss the motor involvement with camera and lense movements that we have investitgated in a series of EEG-experiment. We also will discuss experiments on cuts adhering to the 180 degree rule (continuity editing) vs. cuts violating this rule (cuts across the line) and jump cuts (visible editing) (Heimann et al. 2014, 2016, in prep). The model we suggest for such an engagement is that of an embodied seeing-in. We will compare and contrast this model with other, more phenomenological accounts of an embodied engagement with film (Sobchak, Voss). 

Based on these empirical results and by building on our previous work in this area we will argue that an embodied approach to film can deepen our understanding of the filmic medium and might provide the basis for a theory of our aesthetic engagement with it.

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Joerg Fingerhut

Postdoctoral Researcher, Berlin School of Mind and Brain, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
I am a postdoctoral researcher at the Berlin School of Mind and Brain. Before I did my PhD as a member of the "Collegium Picture Act & Embodiment," a joint project of art historians and philosophers. I was "Art & Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellow” at Columbia University (2012), and... Read More →

Monday June 12, 2017 13:00 - 14:00 EEST
A-306 Room, Töölö Campus, Aalto University (3rd floor) Runeberginkatu 14-16, Helsinki