Alien Embodiment and Nomadic Subjectivity: A Speculative Report

Klee, Steve and McKenzie, Kirsten (2023) Alien Embodiment and Nomadic Subjectivity: A Speculative Report. In: Posthumanism in Practice. Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781350293809

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Alien Bodies and How to Wear Them is an ongoing research project, which cross-fertilizes knowledge and skills from contemporary art with cognitive neuroscientific understanding concerning embodiment and body image. The project began with the attempt to formulate a psychology experiment that would shed light on body image and offer a pathway to potential therapies for particular forms of body dissatisfaction. Body image, from a psychological perspective, is a complex multisensory representation that brain-bodies construct; one that provides the basis of the lived experience of being a bodied entity. In more prosaic terminology, we could say that perceptual body image is the construct which allows us all to perceive the external appearance of our bodies and provides us with a sense of individual self-hood. Body image is also understood within the discipline to be dependent upon, and shaped by, intersubjective dynamics . Psychological research and theorizing are, therefore, attentive to ‘social forces’ and how these influence and shape affective body image: ; the way we feel about our own bodies.

Keywords:intersectional, posthumanism, Body representation
Subjects:W Creative Arts and Design > W213 Visual Communication
C Biological Sciences > C850 Cognitive Psychology
W Creative Arts and Design > W520 Body Awareness
V Historical and Philosophical studies > V500 Philosophy
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
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Deposited On:12 Jul 2022 15:18

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