Ambience – Imaginary


Aesthetics is no longer the preserve of art historians and philosophers of art. Changes in society, culture, economy, urban dynamics and everyday life, push us towards considering the aesthetic components of traditionally non-aesthetic domains. Today it is not only legitimate but necessary to query the relationship between the social as a cohesive and encompassing form of community and human institutions and the aesthetic, that is the sensual, sensory, or, perhaps better, the sensible. Increasingly the social seems to emerge from the sensible and sentient meaning of objects. The volume SocioAesthetics: Ambience – Imaginary collects scholars from social science, aesthetics, arts, and cultural studies in case-driven debate, ranging from biometrics to luxury commodities, on how a new alignment of aesthetics and the social is possible and what the possible prospects of this may be.

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Anders Michelsen, Associate Professor, Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, University of Copenhagen; Adjunct Professor, School of Creative Arts, James Cook University. On the board of Sage journal Thesis Eleven and Ekphrasis: Nordic Journal of Visual Culture. Author of more than eighty papers. Forthcoming book on Transvisuality at Brill. Most recently, co-editor and contributor to the three volume collection, Transvisuality: The Cultural Dimension of Visuality, (Liverpool Press 2013-). Co-founder of initiatives for practice-based research, the NGO PeaceWare Somaliland and The Copenhagen-Somali Seminar. Initiator of what is considered the first functioning telepsychiatric system in Africa, 2009-11 in Somaliland.

Frederik Tygstrup is the director of the Copenhagen Doctoral School in Cultural Studies and professor of comparative literature at the University of Copenhagen. His primary specialisation is in the history and theory of the European novel. His present research interests include the intersections of artistic practices and other social practices, urban aesthetics, the history of representations and experiences of space, literature and medicine, literature and geography, literature and politics. Recent articles (in non-Scandinavian languages) include: "Cultural Territories,” in Nora Berning Experiencing Space – Spacing Experience, (Metzler 2015);“Notes on Affect ,” in Sharma & Tygstrup (eds.): Structures of Feeling, (de Gruyter 2014).

Part I. Ambience – Imaginary
1. The Socioaesthetics of Being Surrounded. Ambient Sociality and Contemporary Movement-Space, Ulrik Schmidt
2. Distant Relations, Negotiating Experiences of Space in Modern Literature, Frederik Tygstrup
3. Mapped Bodies. Notes on the use of biometrics in geopolitical contexts, Max Liljefors and Lila Lee Morrison
4. Mnemosyne and Amnesia. Social memory and the paradoxes of monumental images, Andrea Pinotti
5. The Hidden Homeless - From Bio-politics to Popular Culture in Contemporary Japanese Society, Miya Yoshida
6. No Man’s Langue: Rethinking Language with Ghérasim Luca, Laura Erber
Part II. Imaginary – Ambience
7. Here is a Picture of No Country: The Image Between Fiction and Politics in Eric Baudelaire’s Lost Letters to Max, Asbjørn Grønstad
8. Cute and Cool in Contemporary Japanese Visual Arts, Gunhild Borggreen
9. Socioaesthetics from the margin – On prosopopoiesis and new media, Anders Michelsen
10. The Coming of the Intrinsic Age, Gerhard Schulze
11. So Sharp You Could Bleed: Sharpies and Artistic Representation, A Moment in the Seventies History of Melbourne, Peter Beilharz & Sian Supski
12. Smuggling Lust. On the Cultural Re-Turn of Luxury, Isabel Capeloa Gil
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