The Gesture of Thinking: Embodied cognition in creative practice    


An installation by Carole Kirk, Painter and Cultural Industries PhD Scholar

“It is not pictures as objects of perception, that can teach us about perceiving; rather, it is making pictures – that is, the skilful construction of pictures – that can illuminate experience, or rather the making or enacting of experience.” Alva Noë

This installation explores processes of embodied cognition through painting. It aims to understand creative practice as an agential, corporeal activity performed by a body moving through its environment. Through gesture, materiality and the use of tools, visual knowledge emerges in a process of artistic labour. Painting, in this laborious process, is thinking – “in that instant when his vision becomes gesture, when, in Cézanne’s words, he ‘thinks in painting’”. Merleau-Ponty

Details: Alec Clegg studio, stage@leeds, School of Performance and Cultural Industries. Thursday 9th May, 11-3. Drop in, no need to book. Free Entry.