Towards a poetics of the supraliminal body: Merleau-Ponty's 'embodied perception' and resultant philosophical commentary in relation to the artistic works of Lance Phillips and Mike Patton
Eaton, Christopher Burt
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This paper concerns the implications of human embodiment in a poetic sense. Here, 'poetic' is defined as relative to the assembly of an aesthetic. Two artists are considered in detail: poet Lance Phillips, and musician/sound artist Mike Patton. Both artists are examined using a variety of philosophical, aesthetic, and even physiological modes. As an undercurrent to the entire discussion, we will continuously reflect on Maurice Merleau-Ponty's theory of an 'embodied perception.'