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Abstract

In their article "Making Sense of the Digital as Embodied Experience" Serge Bouchardon and Asunción López-Varela Azcárate discuss a digital creation — Loss of Grasp <http://lossofgrasp.com/> — created by Serge Bouchardon and Vincent Volckaert. The work is about the notions of grasp and control. Through an analysis of Loss of Grasp, Bouchardon and López-Varela Azcárate show how the Cartesian understanding of private isolated experience, independent of reality external to it, has given way to a communal understanding of experience in which the subject constitutes itself by mirroring himself/herself on its objects, producing a mutual engagement or co-creativity among interdependent intersubjects: the experience of the creators, the experience of the user/participant, and the experience of the semiotician. The first seeks to make the reader live through the experience while telling him/her a story. The second attempts to understand what lies behind the artistic creation. And the third proposes a revision of the ontology of perception and of the emergence of human communicative potential by relating neuroscientific research and socio-contructivist understandings of human physical development, and integrating these findings with the evolving nature of the technical media that social beings use to communicate.

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