Book
Experience: Culture, Cognition, and the Common Sense

Experience offers a reading experience like no other. A heat-sensitive cover by Olafur Eliasson reveals words, colors, and a drawing when touched by human hands. Endpapers designed by Carsten Höller are printed in ink containing carefully calibrated quantities of the synthesized human pheromones estratetraenol and androstadienone, evokingthe suggestibility of human desire. The margins and edges of the book are designed by Tauba Auerbach in complementary colors that create a dynamically shifting effect when the book is shifted or closed. When the book is opened, bookmarks cascade from the center, emerging from spider web prints by Tomás Saraceno. Experience produces experience while bringing the concept itself into relief as an object of contemplation. The sensory experience of the book as a physical object resonates with the intellectual experience of the book as a container of ideas.

Experience convenes a conversation with artists, musicians, philosophers, anthropologists, historians, and neuroscientists, each of whom explores aspects of sensorial and cultural realms of experience. The texts include new essays written for this volume and classic texts by such figures as William James and Michel Foucault. The first publication from MIT’s Center for Art, Science, & Technology, Experience  approaches its subject through multiple modes.

Contributors
Tauba Auerbach, Bevil Conway, John Dewey, Olafu Eliasson, Michel Foucault, Adam Frank, Vittorio Gallese, Renée Green, Stefan Helmreich, Carsten Höller, Edmund Husserl, William James, Caroline A. Jones, Douglas Kahn, Brian Kane, Leah Kelly, Bruno Latour, Alvin Lucier, David Mather, Mara Mills, Alva Noë, Jacques Rancière, Michael Rossi, Tomás Saraceno, Natasha Schüll, Joan W.Scott, Tino Sehgal, Alma Steingart, Josh Tenenbaum, Rebecca Uchill

Publication design by Kimberly Varella with Becca Lofchie, Content Object Design Studio.
Book Cover: Olafur Eliasson, See-through compass, 2015
Heat sensitive ink on printed graphic and text substrate

Image Credits

  1. Maturing enteric nervous system (orange) reaches from the stomach at the top followed by the intestine in the middle to the colon at the bottom. These neural crest cells are successfully colonizing the digestive system, an embryological stage essential for survival. Courtesy Naomi Tjaden and Paul Trainor, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, MO. 
  2. Page from Renée Green’s notebook, August 9, 2015
  3. Still from The Intruder, 2004, a film directed by Claire Denis. Courtesy Claire Denis and Pyramide International. © Pyramide International.
  4. “Views of the Tesseract,͟” frontispiece from Charles Hinton’s The Fourth Dimension (London, 1904), accompanied by these remarks from Hinton:”The square Vermilion traces a Pale-green cube, and ends in an Indian-red square.” “In this square he has two lines which he had before, the Blue line with Gold and Buff points, the Deep-yellow line with Light-blue and Red point.” “The Black square traces a brick-red cube.”
  5. Performers Luigi Cerri and Matthieu Protin in scene 3, "Advertisement" from Gaïa Global Circus, concept by Bruno Latour, Frédérique Aït-Touati, and Chloé Latour; text by Pierre Daubigny; live projection by Elsa Blin. Performed at the Comédie de Reims, France, November 30, 2013.
Title
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsJones C, Uchill R, Mather D, Auerbach T, Conway B, Dewey J, Eliasson O, Foucault M, Frank A, Gallese V, Green R, Helmrich S, Höller C, Jones CA, Husserl E, James W, Kahn D, Kane B, Kelly L, Mather D, Latour B, Lucier A, Mills M, Noe A, Ranciere J, Rossi M, Saraceno T, Schüll N, Scott JW, Sehgal T, Steingart A, Tenenbaum J, Uchill R
Number of Pages352
PublisherMIT Press
CityCambridge, MA
ISBN Number978-0262035149
Abstract

Experience offers a reading experience like no other. A heat-sensitive cover by Olafur Eliasson reveals words, colors, and a drawing when touched by human hands. Endpapers designed by Carsten Höller are printed in ink containing carefully calibrated quantities of the synthesized human pheromones estratetraenol and androstadienone, evokingthe suggestibility of human desire. The margins and edges of the book are designed by Tauba Auerbach in complementary colors that create a dynamically shifting effect when the book is shifted or closed. When the book is opened, bookmarks cascade from the center, emerging from spider web prints by Tomás Saraceno. Experience produces experience while bringing the concept itself into relief as an object of contemplation. The sensory experience of the book as a physical object resonates with the intellectual experience of the book as a container of ideas.

Experience convenes a conversation with artists, musicians, philosophers, anthropologists, historians, and neuroscientists, each of whom explores aspects of sensorial and cultural realms of experience. The texts include new essays written for this volume and classic texts by such figures as William James and Michel Foucault. The first publication from MIT’s Center for Art, Science, & Technology, Experience  approaches its subject through multiple modes.

Contributors
Tauba Auerbach, Bevil Conway, John Dewey, Olafu Eliasson, Michel Foucault, Adam Frank, Vittorio Gallese, Renée Green, Stefan Helmreich, Carsten Höller, Edmund Husserl, William James, Caroline A. Jones, Douglas Kahn, Brian Kane, Leah Kelly, Bruno Latour, Alvin Lucier, David Mather, Mara Mills, Alva Noë, Jacques Rancière, Michael Rossi, Tomás Saraceno, Natasha Schüll, Joan W.Scott, Tino Sehgal, Alma Steingart, Josh Tenenbaum, Rebecca Uchill

Publication design by Kimberly Varella with Becca Lofchie, Content Object Design Studio.
Book Cover: Olafur Eliasson, See-through compass, 2015
Heat sensitive ink on printed graphic and text substrate

Image Credits

  1. Maturing enteric nervous system (orange) reaches from the stomach at the top followed by the intestine in the middle to the colon at the bottom. These neural crest cells are successfully colonizing the digestive system, an embryological stage essential for survival. Courtesy Naomi Tjaden and Paul Trainor, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, Kansas City, MO. 
  2. Page from Renée Green’s notebook, August 9, 2015
  3. Still from The Intruder, 2004, a film directed by Claire Denis. Courtesy Claire Denis and Pyramide International. © Pyramide International.
  4. “Views of the Tesseract,͟” frontispiece from Charles Hinton’s The Fourth Dimension (London, 1904), accompanied by these remarks from Hinton:”The square Vermilion traces a Pale-green cube, and ends in an Indian-red square.” “In this square he has two lines which he had before, the Blue line with Gold and Buff points, the Deep-yellow line with Light-blue and Red point.” “The Black square traces a brick-red cube.”
  5. Performers Luigi Cerri and Matthieu Protin in scene 3, "Advertisement" from Gaïa Global Circus, concept by Bruno Latour, Frédérique Aït-Touati, and Chloé Latour; text by Pierre Daubigny; live projection by Elsa Blin. Performed at the Comédie de Reims, France, November 30, 2013.
URLhttps://mitpress.mit.edu/books/experience