3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Espace Gérard-Boismenu (C-2059), Pavillon Lionel-Groulx, Université de Montréal
Speaker : Vittorio Gallese M.D., Professor of Psychobiology and Physiological Psychology, Department of Surgery and Medicine, University of Parma, Italy.
By exploiting the empirical approach of neuroscience and physiology, we can investigate the brain-body mechanisms characterizing our interactions with moving images, shedding new light on the functional mechanisms enabling their perceptual experience. In so doing we can better understand some of the concepts we normally use when referring to film aesthetics and film experience. When navigating the parallel world of film fictional narrative, we basically rely on the same brain-body resources shaped by our relation to mundane reality, since both realms are characterized by similar social practices and performative acts. Our engagement with film narrative is cognitively – and bodily – premediated by our life engagement, which provides the basic framing to navigate the world of fiction. Relocation of film experience through digital portable screens will be discussed by introducing the notion of ‘Skin-Screen’. The variety of relations between body and film, implied by its experience, will be explored through the lens of embodied simulation. It will be concluded that embodied simulation, a model of perception and cognition, can provide a new take on these issues, fostering a newly based dialogue between neuroscience and film theory.