29 March 2021
Cognition as Interaction – Autopoiesis, Media, Networks

Francesco Parisi

15 February 2024
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
The Obscene Device. Archaeology of Immersive Pornographies

Roberto Malaspina

1 February 2024
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
Techniques of Enchantment. Magic and Contemporary Technology

Sofia Pirandello

25 January 2024
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
Alternative Worlds – VR without Headsets

Margherita Fontana

11 January 2024
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
A world of imprints. The epistemology of visual evidence in digital and virtual media-ecologies

Rosa Cinelli

21 December 2023
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
FEMINIST HORROR THEORY – Filmic Forms and Female Identity: Rewriting in the Key of Gender

Rossana Galimi

5 December 2023
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
From Photography to Virtual Reality and back again. A conversation with Francesco Jodice

Francesco Jodice

20 November 2023
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
Immersed in science

Ilaria Ampollini

9 November 2023
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
The burning gaze. An aesthetics of shame in the age of the virtual

Federica Cavaletti

2 November 2023
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
Forms of the intermediary: spatiality and durations between technology and aesthetics

Neda Zanetti

12 October 2023
2023/24 /ɪˈməːʃən/
111
Virtualizing Spaces: Immersive and Emersive Images from Home to City.

Fabrizia Bandi

28 September 2023
2022/23 Practices
108
LabSim: a fully featured laboratory simulator for innovative teaching of analytical chemistry
27 September 2023
2022/23 Multisensoriality
104
Immersive Rhythms, Dismersive Images: On Music Video’s Affective Atmosphere

Tomáš Jirsa

18 May 2023
2022/23 Multisensoriality
104
Spatialization of Sound

Markus Ophälders

16 May 2023
2022/23 Multisensoriality
104
Resonance, dissonance, and things that get under one’s skin

Susanna Paasonen

28 April 2023
2022/23 Multisensoriality
104
The Genealogy of Images. From Focillon and Warburg to Computer Vision and Contemporary Semiotics

Maria Giulia Dondero

27 April 2023
2022/23 Multisensoriality
104
Between Picture Theory and World View: a Wölfflinian Approach

Michael Jenewein in conversation with Lambert Wiesing and Thomas Zingelmann

19 April 2023
2022/23 Multisensoriality
104
Style and World View: Wölfflin, Schwitters, Beuys.

Lambert Wiesing

3 March 2023
2022/23 Multisensoriality
104
Who is here when I am here?

Michel Reilhac

17 February 2023
2022/23 Practices
108
Another Reality

Immersive Solutions from Training to Business.

16 February 2023
2022/23 Multisensoriality
104
About presence: perception, technologies, immersive environments.

Enrico Pitozzi

research: Seminar

2021 Interactivity
97

Cognition as Interaction – Autopoiesis, Media, Networks

Francesco Parisi

The idea that human cognition is not bound into the head but spreads out in the world is getting momentum nowadays. Many different fields in both humanities and science converge on this point. Such convergence is probably one of the reasons why the word “interaction” acquired a remarkable centrality in many debates. In this speech, I will crisscross cognitive sciences and media theory to show how interaction has to be conceived as the prototype of every kind of cognition (human and non-human). In particular, I will propose a comparison between the conception of cognition as intended in autopoietic systems (cognition of the living) and how it can be threatened by the disembodied functioning of Machine and Deep Learning. I will claim that, despite their differences, they are compatible because they don’t need to postulate a “centre” responsible for cognition (the head, the programmer), but obey the laws of interaction. Finally, I will use the metaphor representing the fungi mycelium like a “biological Internet” as an exemplum of a biological but not agent-based form of cognition.

Biography

Francesco Parisi

Francesco Parisi is associate professor in Cinematography, Photography and Television at the University of Messina. His principal areas of interest concern media theory and visual culture, investigated by adopting a cognitive approach. In particular, he tries to apply the enactive approach to media theory, by focusing his research on the ways cognitive possibilities of an embodied and extended agent are transformed by media engagement. He was visiting scholar at Nottingham Trent University (2017) and University of Memphis (2018). Among his publications: Temporality and Metaplasticity. Facing Extension and Incorporation Through Material Engagement Theory, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, Enacting Visualization. Mental Imagery and the Role of Pictures, in A. Scarinzi (ed.)Recasting Aesthetic Experience: Emotions and the "Continuity Principle", Cuvillier Verlag, Göttingen, 2018, pp. 96-119; Snapshot Culture. The Photographic Experience in the Post-Medium Age, Comunicazioni Sociali, 36(1), pp. 3-14, 2016 (with A. D'Aloia); Filosofia della fotografia, Raffaello Cortina, Milano, 2013 (with M. Guerri); La tecnologia che siamo, Codice, Torino, 2019.

research: seminar

Cognition as Interaction – Autopoiesis, Media, Networks

Francesco Parisi

The idea that human cognition is not bound into the head but spreads out in the world is getting momentum nowadays. Many different fields in both humanities and science converge on this point. Such convergence is probably one of the reasons why the word “interaction” acquired a remarkable centrality in many debates. In this speech, I will crisscross cognitive sciences and media theory to show how interaction has to be conceived as the prototype of every kind of cognition (human and non-human). In particular, I will propose a comparison between the conception of cognition as intended in autopoietic systems (cognition of the living) and how it can be threatened by the disembodied functioning of Machine and Deep Learning. I will claim that, despite their differences, they are compatible because they don’t need to postulate a “centre” responsible for cognition (the head, the programmer), but obey the laws of interaction. Finally, I will use the metaphor representing the fungi mycelium like a “biological Internet” as an exemplum of a biological but not agent-based form of cognition.

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Cognition as Interaction – Autopoiesis, Media, Networks
Francesco Parisi
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