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Description - Experience by Caroline A. Jones

A book that produces sensory experiences while bringing the concept of experience itself into relief as a subject of criticism and an object of contemplation.

Experience offers a reading experience like no other. A heat-sensitive cover by Olafur Eliasson reveals words, colors, and a drawing when touched by human hands. Endpapers designed by Carsten Hoeller are printed in ink containing carefully calibrated quantities of the synthesized human pheromones estratetraenol and androstadienone, evoking the suggestibility of human desire. The margins and edges of the book are designed by Tauba Auerbach in complementary colors that create a dynamically shifting effect when the book is shifted or closed. When the book is opened, bookmarks cascade from the center, emerging from spider web prints by Tomas Saraceno. Experience produces experience while bringing the concept itself into relief as an object of contemplation. The sensory experience of the book as a physical object resonates with the intellectual experience of the book as a container of ideas.

Experience convenes a conversation with artists, musicians, philosophers, anthropologists, historians, and neuroscientists, each of whom explores aspects of sensorial and cultural realms of experience. The texts include new essays written for this volume and classic texts by such figures as William James and Michel Foucault. The first publication from MIT's Center for Art, Science, & Technology, Experience approaches its subject through multiple modes.

Publication design by Kimberly Varella with Becca Lofchie, Content Object Design Studio.
Cover concept by Olafur Eliasson in collaboration with Kimberly Varella (Content Object).

Contributors
Tauba Auerbach, Bevil Conway, John Dewey, Olafur Eliasson, Michel Foucault, Adam Frank, Vittorio Gallese, Renee Green, Stefan Helmreich, Carsten Hoeller, Edmund Husserl, William James, Caroline A. Jones, Douglas Kahn, Brian Kane, Leah Kelly, Bruno Latour, Alvin Lucier, David Mather, Mara Mills, Alva Noe, Jacques Ranciere, Michael Rossi, Tomas Saraceno, Natasha Schull, Joan W.Scott, Tino Sehgal, Alma Steingart, Josh Tenenbaum, Rebecca Uchill

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780262035149
ISBN-10: 0262035146
Format: Hardback
(251mm x 181mm x mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: MIT Press
Publisher: MIT Press Ltd
Publish Date: 2-Sep-2016
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Caroline A. Jones

Caroline A. Jones is Professor of Art History in the History, Theory, Criticism section of the Department of Architecture at MIT. She is the editor of Sensorium: Embodied Experience, Technology, and Contemporary Art (MIT Press). David Mather is Assistant Professor of Art History at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Rebecca Uchill is cofounder of Experience Economies, a curatorial collaboration, and CAST Postdoctoral Fellow.

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