Proprioception

How do humans perceive their surrounding space and spatiality?

I came across the notion of proprioception when looking into how humans experience and perceive aesthetic phenomena. This is especially in relation to movement. Proprioception is the sense of the relative position of neighbouring parts of the body and strength of effort used in moving the body and these parts. The information given to the embodied human comes from the joints and skeletal muscles through the proprioceptors.

Both exteroception and interoception determines how the overall sense of body position, movement and acceleration is perceived and experienced. Exteroception is how the outside world is perceived and interoception is how you perceive pain, hunger, joy and movement of internal organs.

It is somehow related to the term kinesthesia (kinesthetic sense) but in no way should it be understood as the same.

Proprioception is what allows someone to learn to walk in complete darkness without losing balance. It also has a relation to phantom limb syndrome where this missing body part still seems to send sensual information to the brain.

What consequence does this have in relation to experiencing artworks? Looking at specific artworks where the participant would have to move in order to relate to the artwork or even more specific where an artwork requires a participant to engage not only visually, through the entire sensual apparatus including the experience of motion in relation to the artwork?

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This entry was published on May 14, 2014 at 4:58 am. It’s filed under Art, Philosophy, Visuals and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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    • Linda Post on said:

      Hi – thx for your feedback – you can find more on proprioception and the expansion of embodied experience in theorist such as Mark B.N. Hansen “Bodies in Code – interfaces with digital media”. You can also find more specific on the term proprioception in the medical field.

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