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Qualia, Gap of Mind-Body, and Data : Exploring the Possibilities of Data art from the Viewpoint of New Materialism and Cognitive Science

  • The Journal of Aesthetics and Science of Art
  • Abbr : JASA
  • 2019, 57(), pp.99-131
  • DOI : 10.17527/JASA.57.0.04
  • Publisher : 한국미학예술학회
  • Research Area : Arts and Kinesiology > Other Arts and Kinesiology
  • Received : April 15, 2019
  • Accepted : May 11, 2019
  • Published : June 30, 2019

Kim, Jeong Han 1

1서울여자대학교

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ABSTRACT

In this study, firstly, I discuss the ‘qualia’ in the field of cognitive science together with the discussion of new materialism and posthumanism to overcome human-centered dualism. The following is a brief overview of the process of closing the explanatory gap between consciousness and matter. And I explore how the data can be used as an artistic material in the view of A. N. Whitehead's organic Process philosophy. Until now, qualia have been regarded as strong opposition to physicalism. However, among researchers such as V. S. Ramachandran, it is argued that qualia can be the basic unit of the phenomenon experience, as the atom of physics and the DNA of biology. Christof Koch and others have studied the “Neural Correlates of Consciousness(NCC)” in neuroscience. In addition, “Integrated Information Theory(IIT)” has been developed in cognitive neuro-computing by Giulio Tononi. Can I draw the ‘Qualia Landscapes’ as the David Lewis' concept of “know-how(how to know the bat's perception)” with using his concept of “know-that(data or information)”? New materialism now urgently calls for a response to how matters and human beings must communicate with each other in the phenomena of life.

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This paper was written with support from the National Research Foundation of Korea.