Elena Cologni introduces SPA(E)CIOUS at Bergamo Scienza 2013, discussing the ideas underpinning the work:
1- the relationship Memory – Time – Perception is informed by Bergson's notion of the present within duration and as produced by the body in space 'present as that which is, when it is simply what is happening. [...]in this continuity of becoming which is reality itself, the present moment is constituted through the quasi-instantaneous cut that our perception operates in the mass in the process of flow". “My present consists in the consciousness I have of my body. Extended in space, my body experiences sensations and at the same time executes movements. Sensations and movements become localized at determinate points in this extension; at any given moment, there can only be one system of movements and sensations. . . The actuality of our present consists of its actual state. Considered as extension in space, matter, in our opinion, should be defined as a present that is always beginning again
2- and by Merleau-Ponty's reference to 'sensation' as the basis for knowledge . “Our perceptual field is made up of ‘things’ and ‘spaces between things’” and op cit., p 140 ‘our bodily experience of movement is not a particular case of knowledge; it provides us with a way of access to the world and the object, with a Praktognosia, which has to be recognised as original and perhaps as primary.
3- On the other hand the role of memory in the present is seen from a shared perspective (psychology and philosophy of science) including the definition of specious present by William James the time duration wherein a state of consciousness is experienced as being in the present as well as the nature of retention as involving perception of duration the least possible empirical present moment is one in which perception and memory (in the sense of simple retention) are indistinguishable from each other è[ ...] retention of a past in a present moment, has now been shown to take its place among the ultimate facts of experience, being involved in the simplest cases of perception, for which, in fact, it is but another name.
The variable within this is an element of interference in our experience, which will vary every time Spa(e)cious takes place (e.g. the image above is for the next few events where exercises will take place on an unstable platform).
organised by Rockfluid and University of Cambridge
supported by: BergamoScienza, Arts Council of England, University of Cambridge, Elena Cologni Circle of Friends
main sponsor for the event: HIDRODEPUR