Journals Higher Education



Published: 21 November 2017

340 Pages

9.7 x 6.7 inches

ISBN: 9780198769286

Bookseller Code (05)

Mirror-Touch Synaesthesia

Thresholds of Empathy with Art

Edited by Daria Martin

  • First volume of scholarship, in any field, on mirror-touch synaesthesia.
  • Brings to bear significant advances in several fields (film studies, performance studies, anthropology, philosophy, neuroscience) to current debates about participation in contemporary art, extending these debates' political potentialities.
  • Assures robust appeal across a variety of market areas, including synaesthesia and the arts, the social in contemporary art, contemporary art and curatorial practice, anthropology and art, embodied spectatorship (in film studies, art theory, and performance studies), and affect theory.
  • Includes contributions by leading thinkers in each represented field, including, in philosophy, Brian Massumi, in anthropology, Christopher Pinney, and in neuroscience, Vittorio Gallese who, with colleagues, discovered mirror neurons.
  • Connects synaesthesia to leading, internationally recognised contemporary artists and curators (for example Trisha Donnelly and Catherine Wood) to refresh the significance of synaesthesia and empathy in the arts.
  • Includes five originally commissioned conversations between scientists and art professionals that address the themes of the volume's five sections.
  • Comprises previously unpublished, specifically commissioned texts (with the exception of two expanded artists' texts), each responding to the question of what mirror-touch can tell us about art spectatorship.
  • Each section of the volume addresses a distinct quality of the condition, as documented in the neuroscientific literature, and explores how this quality might be reimagined within contemporary art spectatorship.
  • Grounded in the first set of interviews to qualitatively examine the lived manifestations of mirror-touch synaesthesia.
  • Positions mirror-touch in metonymic parallel with the broader social trait of empathy.
  • Expands arguments around the importance of empathy and mirror (neuron) systems for the Humanities.

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