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Art and the Senses [Hardcover]

Francesca Bacci , David Melcher
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4 Aug 2011 0199230609 978-0199230600 1
In recent years, there has been a re-discovery of the importance of sensory experience in our daily lives. The senses play a vital role in our health, in our social interactions, and in enjoying food, music and the arts. This book provides an introduction to the study of the senses and the arts. It contains over thirty chapters written by artists/practitioners, including, musicians, visual artists, a "sculptor for the blind", a celebrity chef, a choreographer, designers, and architects. It also includes chapters by leading neuroscientists and psychologists who study the senses, as well as chapters from scholars from the humanities, including, art history, anthropology, and cultural studies. The book provides a unique interdisciplinary overview of the senses, ranging from the neuroscience of sensory processing in the body, to cultural influences on how the senses are used in society, to the role of the senses in the arts. The chapters are written by leading academics, artists and scientists, each of whom brings different perspectives and experiences to the book. Together, these chapters form a timely snapshot of research on the human senses which makes clear a number of common themes that run across the arts, humanities, and sciences. The first book of its kind, 'Art and the Senses' will be a valuable tool for anyone interested in how the senses interact with eachother to create meaningful human experience.

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  • Hardcover: 676 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; 1 edition (4 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199230609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199230600
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 17.8 x 24.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,255,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Art and the Senses is a vitally important book and applies to so many different research disciplines that I cannot begin to suggest them all. One area that will benefit immensely from the application of the findings presented in this volume is the healing profession, particularly psychotherapy and art therapy. Leonardo Journal Art and the Senses is no shrinking violet. Weighing in at just under 650 pages, it covers a lot of ground. There is literally something for everyone; all the essays are well written, accessible to both academic and well educated general readers and cover a huge range of history. Art and the Senses is a vitally important book. Leonardo Reviews This is, by any standards, a remarkable collection, which brings together a diversity of theoretically minded scholars, scientists, artists, and others. Michael Silk, The Times Literary Supplement

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Francesca Bacci is the first art historian in residence at the Center for Mind and Brain Sciences (University of Trento), where she is involved in collaborative research on neural correlates of the experience of art. She was trained as an art historian and restorer in the University of Udine, where she received her laurea in Preservation of the Fine Arts. She completed her Ph.D. in History of Art, as well as a Curatorial Certificate, as a Fulbright Fellow at Rutgers University (USA). She has taught university courses for Oxford University, Oxford Brookes and Rutgers University. Her main research interests focus upon late nineteenth and early twentieth century European art, early photography, the psychology of art, curatorship and the public experience of art. Francesca Bacci has collaborated on research and exhibition projects with the Guggenheim Museum (Venice and NYC), the Brooklyn Museum of Art (NYC), the Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Musee Rodin (Paris), and the MART Museum (Rovereto) David Melcher is Associate Professor at the Faculty of Cognitive Sciences, University of Trento, Italy. He received his PhD in Psychology from Rutgers University in 2001, and since then has been a lecturer, research fellow and professor in Italy, Great Britain and France. His research interests lie at the intersection of cognition, perception and action. He has written numerous articles for scientific journals including Nature, Current Biology, Neuron and Nature Neuroscience. His interest in neuroscience and the arts has led him to organize and participate in interdisciplinary workshops and to publish papers on art and science. He has given many public lectures and has been interviewed for radio, television and newspaper stories about his research. His work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the British Academy, the Wellcome Trust, the Royal Society and the Italian Ministry of Universities and Research.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Huge book, lots in it 12 Oct 2013
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Art and the Senses is a symposium style collection of essays which range from academic papers to journalistic interviews, unified around the theme of the science of art. Art is not limited to visual art, but encapsulates music and other forms. Each essay has been carefully written and constructed, and there is a huge amount here. Just the interview with two jazz musicians about the Tritone got me exploring the implications of this dissonant harmony, once called 'the devil's interval' in a new way.

If you are serious about extending your understanding of the sensory aspects of art, either as a practitioner or critic, then this is a very rewarding book which repays careful and slow consideration. There is enough material here for years of application.
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