This project has received funding from the European
Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s Horizon
2020 research and innovation programme.
Grant agreement No. 834033 AN-ICON.

2021 Interactivity


Experiencing with images. An aesthetic approach to interactivity

Giovanni Matteucci University of Bologna

The various ways of understanding interactivity as the key to describe the current experiential scenario are often oriented by a cognitivist paradigm. Starting from the adoption of an extended mind model according to an enactivist rather than functionalist approach, my research (see Estetica e natura umana. La mente estesa tra percezione, espressione ed emozione, 2019) aims at highlighting the specific aesthetic roots of the experiential interaction. This latter is then read here as “collusion” and “expressive correspondence”, which overcomes the canonical paradigm of the contrast between mind and world and favours of a conception according to which one of the primitive modalities of the organism-environment field is (also) that of the experience-with, alongside that of the experience-of. In this praxis of aisthesis the image acts as a constitutive device of the ecological niche and “reality” is brought back to an aesthetic sense of material collusion rather than to an ontological domain. A reality, therefore, which cannot be opposed to virtuality. It rather finds in “the virtual” that enhancement of meaningfulness which today is particularly crucial in phenomena of widespread aestheticization that populate the so-called “infosphere”.

Giovanni Matteucci is Full Professor of Aesthetics at the University of Bologna. His main publications include: Filosofia ed estetica del senso (2005), Il sapere estetico come prassi antropologica (2010), L’artificio estetico (2012), Il sensibile rimosso (Milano 2015), Philosophical Perspectives on Fashion (2016, ed. with Stefano Marino), Estetica della moda (2019), Estetica e natura umana. La mente estesa tra percezione, emozione ed espressione (2019). He edited the Italian translation of classical works of contemporary aesthetics; among them: Adorno, Ästhetische Theorie (2009, with Fabrizio Desideri); Dewey, Art as Experience ([2007] 20205); Langer, Problems of Art (2013); Wollheim, Art and its Objects (2013). Since 2014 he is the Editor in Chief of “Studi di estetica”. Currently his research focuses on the analysis of the aesthetic as a field of relational praxes and practices, according to the extended mind model.