Sunday, May 15, 2011

Optic visuality versus haptic dance

An interesting distinction coming from the art world that captures something of what we attempt to achieve with haptic integration. In "optic" mode, as we stand in front of a sculpture, for example, we remain capable of considering the form, as well as potentially experiencing the piece as a whole. In "haptic dance" mode, however, we are "grabbed" by the artistic creation in a way that seems to bar reflection and other pre-frontal "cortexing"-- something analogous to Krashen's relatively useless, binary,  "acquisition vs learning" distinction. Continuous haptic integration (Chi) does aim for (and achieve) at least moments of total attention and concentration. Shall we dance?

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