Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices

Edited by Dee Reynolds and Matthew Reason

Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices

Edited by Dee Reynolds and Matthew Reason

Distributed for Intellect Ltd

334 pages | halftones throughout | 7 x 9 | © 2012
Paper $43.00 ISBN: 9781841504919 Published July 2012 Not for sale in the United Kingdom or Europe

A key interdisciplinary concept in our understanding of social interaction across creative and cultural practices, kinesthetic empathy describes the ability to experience empathy merely by observing the movements of another human being. Encouraging readers to sidestep the methodological and disciplinary boundaries associated with the arts and sciences, Kinesthetic Empathy in Creative and Cultural Practices offers innovative and critical perspectives on topics ranging from art to sport, film to physical therapy.

      Amelia Jones
      Dee Reynolds and Matthew Reason

Part I: Mirroring Movements: Empathy and Social Interactions
      Dee Reynolds
1. Knowing Me, Knowing You: Autism, Kinesthetic Empathy and Applied Performance
      Nicola Shaughnessy
2. Kinesthetic Empathy and Movement Metaphor in Dance Movement Psychotherapy
      Bonnie Meekums
3. Affective Responses to Everyday Actions
      Amy E. Hayes and Steven P. Tipper
Part II: Kinesthetic Engagement: Embodied Responses and Intersubjectivity
      Dee Reynolds
4. Cinematic Empathy: Spectator Involvement in the Film Experience
      Adriano D’Aloia
5. Musical Group Interaction, Intersubjectivity and Merged Subjectivity
      Tal-Chen Rabinowitch, Ian Cross and Pamela Burnard
6. Kinesthetic Empathy and the Dance’s Body: From Emotion to Affect
      Dee Reynolds
Part III: Kinesthetic Impact: Performance and Embodied Engagement
      Matthew Reason
7. Kinesthetic Empathy in Charlie Chaplin’s Silent Films
      Guillemette Bolens
8. Effort and Empathy: Engaging with Film Performance
      Lucy Fife Donaldson
9. Breaking the Distance: Empathy and Ethical Awareness in Performance
      Rose Parekh-Gaihede
Part IV: Artistic Enquiries: Kinesthetic Empathy and Practice-Based Research
      Matthew Reason
10. Re-Thinking Stillness: Empathetic Experiences of Stillness in Performance and Sculpture
      Victoria Gray
11. Empathy and Exchange: Audience Experiences of Scenography
      Joslin McKinney
12. Photography and the Representation of Kinesthetic Empathy
      Matthew Reason, with photographs by Chris Nash
Part V: Technological Practices: Kinesthetic Empathy in Virtual and Interactive Environments
      Dee Reynolds
13. The Poetics of Motion Capture and Visualisation Techniques: The Differences between Watching Real and Virtual Dancing Bodies
      Sarah Whatley
14. Interactive Multimedia Performance and the Audience’s Experience of Kinesthetic Empathy
      Brian Knoth
15. Kinesthetic Empathy Interaction: Exploring the Concept of Psychomotor Abilities and Kinesthetic Empathy in Designing Interactive Sports Equipment
      Maiken Hillerup Fogtmann

      Dee Reynolds and Matthew Reason
Notes on Contributors
Review Quotes
Susanne Ravn, University of Southern Denmark
Drawing together an interdisciplinary range of expertise and knowledge, this book presents new insights on kinesthetic empathy as an embodied and cultural phenomenon. Through consideration of interactions in film, dance therapy, and photography, the authors highlight how kinesthetic empathy affects and shapes our understanding of ourselves and the other. A topical discussion with implications for a wide range of fields.

Amelia Jones, McGill University, author of Perform, Repeat, Record
How does art mean? The originality of this book is to take this question, along with the larger question of how we communicate, and insist that it can only be answered through an interdisciplinary study of embodied expression. Drawing together insights from aesthetic theory, phenomenology, neuroscience, and other domains, Dee Reynolds and Matthew Reason propose a new framework for imagining how embodied subjects engage with the world, how we come to mean for one another.
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