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Susan Kozel

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262113106

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262113106.001.0001

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Preforming Phenomenology

Preforming Phenomenology

(p.1) 1 Preforming Phenomenology

Susan Kozel

The MIT Press

This chapter explains a philosophical approach to phenomenology that provided a voice to bodies, thought, imagination, memories, and material conditions of life, and offers information on a practical methodology adopted in order to answer several queries regarding key concepts of performance, technologies, and virtuality. It begins with a discussion of the philosophical tradition of phenomenology that is an existential approach to life, and frames an intellectual and political context for a phenomenological approach to technologies and performance. Interpretations of some very dense and complex concepts that act as the ingredients of a do-it-yourself phenomenology and whichhave been discussed in Merleau-Ponty’s work, The Visible and the Invisible, are also given. The chapter furthermore discusses the idea of sidestepping preconceived notions, the relationship between reflection and the pre-reflective, connective tissue, and the process of hyper-reflection. It also provides an explanation of some important concepts that include heterophenomenology, performance, performance and responsive technologies, and virtuality.

Keywords:   phenomenology, performance, technologies, virtuality, heterophenomenology, reflection, thought, imagination

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