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1 Fleshing out Word & Image: The Embodiment of Literature & Visual art 1

2 Professor Ellen Esrock Department of Language, Literature & Communication Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Troy, New York Presentation at Barnard College NYC. July 2010 Barnard Interdisciplinary Workshop on Embodiment 2

3 Even after standing with such unrelenting attention in front of the great color scheme of the woman in the red armchair, it is becoming as retrievable in my memory as a figure with very many digits. And yet I memorized it, number by number. In my feeling, the consciousness of their presence has become a heightening which I can feel even in my sleep; my blood describes it within me, but the naming of it passes by somewhere outside and is not called in. Did I write about it?--A red, upholstered low armchair has been placed in front of an earthy-green wall Rilke Letter re. Portrait of Madame Cezanne (Mark Rothko) 3

4 “Amy gazes at long wispy clouds that extend outward from the horizon.” Reader Visually images extending clouds 4 Simulation

5 Reader “Amy gazes at long wispy clouds that extend outward from the horizon.” Reader Visually images wispy clouds 5 and/or Activates Activates motor programs involved in eye scanning Simulation

6 “Amy gazes at long wispy clouds that extend outward from the horizon.” 6 Reader Transomatization Breathing stands for character gazing or Breathing stands for long wispy clouds Breathes

7 Embodiment Processes Spectrum 7 Simulation Transomatization ≈ ≉

8 Motor activation of toe Viewer toe stretch Representation Simulation

9 9 Balcony Window Adolph Menzel 1845 National Galerie, Berlin

10 10 Motor activation used abstractly for curtain/body Transomatization

11 11 Breathing Transomatization

12 12 Breathing as light cast on floor; as circulation of energy around room; as substance of sofa Breathing

13 Interoception Inner bodily awareness can be used for transomatization 13

14 14 So with the lamps all put out, the moon sunk, and a thin rain drumming on the roof a downpour of immense darkness began. Nothing, it seemed, could survive the flood, the profusion of darkness which, creeping in at key holes and crevices, stole round window blinds, came into bedrooms, swallowed up here in a jug and basin, there a bowl of red and yellow dahlias. (V. Woolf, To the Lighthouse, )

15 So with the lamps all put out, the moon sunk, and a thin rain drumming on the roof a downpour of immense darkness began. Nothing, it seemed, could survive the flood, the profusion of darkness which, creeping in at key holes and crevices, still row and window blinds, came into bedrooms, swallowed up here in a jug and basin, there a bowl of red and yellow dahlias. 15 interoception of internal milieu Transomatization

16 16 interoceptive awareness becomes brown sofa or spot on wall Transomatization

17 17 Robin now headed up into Nora's part of the country. She circled closer and closer. Sometimes she slept in the woods; the silence that she had caused by her coming was broken again by insect and bird flowing back over her intrusion, which was forgotten in her fixed stillness, obliterating her as a drop of water is made anonymous by the pond into which it has fallen. Sometimes she slept on a bench in the decaying chapel (she brought some of her things here), but she never went further. One night she woke up to the barking, far off, of Nora's dog. As she had frightened the woods into silence by her breathing, the barking of the dog brought her up, rigid and still. Half an acre away, Nora, sitting by a kerosene lamp, raised her head. The dog was running about the house; she heard him first on one side, then the other; he whined as he ran; barking and whining she heard him farther and farther away. Nora bent forward, listening; she began to shiver. Djuna Barnes, Nightwood, 168-9

18 She circled closer and closer The dog was running about first on one side, then the other 18 Circling motion within body

19 19 Robin now headed up into Nora's part of the country. She circled closer and closer. Sometimes she slept in the woods; the silence that she had caused by her coming was broken again by insect and bird flowing back over her intrusion, which was forgotten in her fixed stillness, obliterating her as a drop of water is made anonymous by the pond into which it has fallen. Sometimes she slept on a bench in the decaying chapel (she brought some of her things here), but she never went further. One night she woke up to the barking, far off, of Nora's dog. As she had frightened the woods into silence by her breathing, the barking of the dog brought her up, rigid and still. Half an acre away, Nora, sitting by a kerosene lamp, raised her head. The dog was running about the house; she heard him first on one side, then the other; he whined as he ran; barking and whining she heard him farther and farther away. Nora bent forward, listening; she began to shiver. p.68-9

20 Fragmentation Signifier without a Signified 20

21 Transomatization Experience of body-connected-to-object 21 as spot on wall Step 1

22 Schematic Step 1 Experience of body-connected-to-object 22

23 Transomatization Step 2 Beginning of forgetting of specific connected object 23

24 Resonant Body Body is semiotized— excessive--resonant 24 is more than bodily awareness Transomatization Step 3

25 Reader Text Context Image Reader is somatically-disposed Text/Image cues motions, emotions, somatosensory sensations Text/Image elicits motivations to engage Context facilitates embodied response 25

26 Efficacy of Transomatization Discussion

27 requires less time expands our limited attentional capacity

28 works effectively with language and images that do not depict a realistic object or activity

29 Capability of maintaining multi- leveled (multi-sensory) streams of sense and affect 29


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