“The characteristics of co-operativity and relationality that are highlighted in many theories that address experience reveal a renewed complicity, one might even say ‘honesty’, towards it; and they contribute to the dissolution of that dualistic and dichotomous regime that has characterized, predominantly, the last centuries of Western thought. Today, these theories […] converge with certain practices in exhibiting the fallacy of alternativity, exclusivity and hierarchical verticality between those polarities that, instead, co-operate solidarily, processually, inclusively and horizontally.”
The idea of co-operativity underlying this book runs on a spectrum spanning the dynamics typically found in elementary – but complex, institutive – structures of experience, and those informing current practices of organization of reality that are also oriented by a humanistic, ecological and socially engaged impulse. This kind of co-operativity both recognizes an anti-isolationist foundation to experience and implements this same principle in situations where it seems to be lacking or not sufficiently perspicuous. This book gathers some of the most relevant contemporary voices, both of “theorists” and of “operators” of a co-operativity that, in a very broad sense, can be characterized as an aesthetic dimension of experience or that, in turn, somehow co-operates with it. Without claiming to be exhaustive, this quasi-manifesto simply lays out the beginning of a path that, hopefully, will involve more and more fields. Co-operativity is, by its very nature, polyphonic. And polyphony typically preserves the specificity of individual voices, which converge but do not necessarily coincide. Co-operativity, therefore, will be addressed from various perspectives and with different approaches, within this field community, by professionals involved in the drafting of this “quasi-manifesto”.
Gioia Laura Iannilli is Senior Assistant Professor and Adjunct Professor of Aesthetics respectively at the University of Bologna and at Politecnico di Milano. She serves in the executive committee of the Italian Society of Aesthetics and the Experience Research Society, and in the editorial boards of several scientific journals and book series. Her areas of research are Experience Design, Everyday, Environmental, and John Dewey’s Aesthetics. On these topics she has published essays, book chapters, entries, and monographs. Her latest book is The Aesthetics of Experience Design. A Philosophical Essay (Mimesis International, 2020).
The texts here collected are authored by: Emily Brady, Luciano Floridi, Lisa Heldke, Gioia Laura Iannilli, Tim Ingold, Claudia Losi, Gustavo Marfia, Giovanni Matteucci, Ossi Naukkarinen, Nicola Perullo, Yuriko Saito, Daniel Sauter
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