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Seminar Langarts 2018-2019:

Art and bodily experience, a comparison between the arts in a Western /Eastern perspective

Year 2018: Aesthetics and kinesthesia.


For the year 2018, we shall study the encounter between gestures in art but also in work (praxis) as modes of self-expression, whose clues are found in the arts, in language, but also in philosophy, particularly in the apology of everyday life by Michel de Certeau and Henri Lefèbvre. These preoccupations for everyday gestures are similar to those of Asian philosophies, while at the same time differentiating themselves from them.[1]


Session 1 (January 12) The body as a support of conscience

Introduction to the seminar; theoretical presentation of the Feldenkrais method and practical introduction (Chantal Mir, Geste en mouvement association – 15 euros / participant).

Session 2 (March 2) The human body as a measure of the world

Séverine Bridoux-Michel, ENSAP Lille, explains the principles of Modulor for Le Corbusier, its relationship to the body and music; Christine Vial Kayser evokes the theories proposing that architecture is a representation of the human body (notably of Wölfflin) and Hyeonsuk Kim proposes on the contrary a reading of the installations Bill Viola and Yasuaki Onishi, as highlighting that the space is not human. The confrontation of the three positions on the same session will underpin the centrality of man in nature, in Western thought.

Session 3: (June 15) Mirror neurons at work

John Onians, author of Neuroarthistory, From Aristotle and Pliny to Baxandall and Zeki (Yale University Press, 2008), will present “The power of the Discobolus. Neuroscience and the history of Greek Sculpture’Denis Plassard, a dancer in Lyon, and designer of an audioguide for the Museum of Fine Arts in Lyon to dance in front of the works and Sophie Onimus-Carrias, head of the cultural department at Musée des Beaux-arts in Lyon will discuss the reaction of visitors in front of works enticing movement and the role of the audioguide.

Session 4 (November 30) The body makes the mind dance

Marie Laureillard, sinologist and historian of art, MCF Lyon 2, on writing as an inner dance; Biliana Vassileva, Lille 3, on the body in dance and its relation to language. Bernard Chambaz, novelist (Dernière nouvelles du Martin-Pêcheur, Flammarion, 2014) on writing and cycling.

Session 5 (December 14) Pragmatism in Asia

Pr. Konô Tetsuyda, philosopher, Rikkyo University, Tokyo, “Kata in Japanese philosophy”; Annie Claustres, University of Lyon 2, “Kata in the art of performance in Japan”; Barbara Formis, philosopher, MCF in aesthetics and theory of art, Paris 1, co-founder of the Laboratoire du geste, the concept of soma aesthetics.

The organizers

Langarts is an inter-university research group aiming at identifying the aesthetic experience in the creation and reception of the arts, in a dual approach, both theoretical and experimental, interdisciplinary and comparative, between the arts, and between Asia and the West (see

Christine Vial Kayser, co-director of Langarts, Museum curator and Assistant professor with IESA, independent researcher with CREOPS, designed this seminar. For the year 2018 the seminar is co-directed with Biliana Vassileva, lecturer at Lille 3, a member of Langarts.

The seminar’s contents will be published by Vernon Press in 2019/20.

[1] Yuedi Liu and Carter Curtis, Aesthetics of Everyday Life: East and West. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholar Publishing, 2014.

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