Viscerocepcija: (japansko) telo koje misli i umetnost / Visceroception: Art and a (Japanese) Body that Thinks

Ana Došen


Probing of art through creation and perception, proves to be an inevitable and constant element of art theory. Visceral perception seems to be an underrated topic, positioned on a margin of theoretical exploration of the effects which art provokes in the spectatorship. Focus is precisely on this type of perception which allows inner bodily activities and reactions to remain hidden and rarely inspected. Contrary to Cartesian dualism, the symbiotic relation between mind and body in Eastern philosophy, addresses the notion of body thinking, suited for the immediacy of experience in a contact with the outer world. This paper explores various concepts of Japanese aesthetics which immensely value the invisible, the spontaneous and the intuitive. It further emphasizes their connection with visceral perception.


perception, viscera, film, art, Japan, haragei

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