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Flying (human) bodies in the fine arts - dreams and daydreams of flying

Schönhammer, Rainer

Quelle: (2000) Paper presented at the 16th Congress of the international Association of Empirical Aesthetics, August 9-12, 2000, New York
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SWD-Schlagwörter: Wahrnehmung , Traum , Tagtraum , Fliegen , Empfindung , Imagination , Qualitative Methode
Freie Schlagwörter (Deutsch): Bildende Kunst , Einbildung , Sinnesempfindung
Freie Schlagwörter (Englisch): Dream , Fine Arts , Flying , Imagination , Sensation
APA Klassifikation: 2380
Institut: Hochschule für Kunst und Design Halle
DDC-Sachgruppe: Künste, Bildende Kunst allgemein
Dokumentart: InProceedings (Aufsatz / Paper einer Konferenz etc.)
Sprache: Englisch
Erstellungsjahr: 2000
Publikationsdatum: 08.09.2005
Kurzfassung auf Englisch: In a lecture given in the year 1882 the Vienna Physiologist Sigmund Exner considered "The physiology of flying and
floating in the fine arts" (Exner, 1882). In this still fascinating paper Exner reflects in a phenomenological approach on
the experiental foundation of the depiction of flying human (respectively superhuman) bodys in classic artworks (e.g.
Giorgione, Giotto, Masaccio, Michelangelo, Rubens and Titoretto). Referring to Fechner Exner basically assumes
that pictorial suggestions of flying and floating bodies correspond to the recollection of wake human perception.
Once in the lecture he mentions his own experience of flying in dreams and ascribes his sensations during these
dreams to the wake experience of swimming.
My paper follows Exner's hint and analyses the role of dreams in the (artful depicted) imagination of flying and
floating bodies. It is based on a qualitative content analysis of flying dreams (collected by interviews and by review of
cases reported in the scientific and popular literature on dreams) and daydreams of flying (spontaneous or evoked
during an interview).
The results suggest that dreams of flying involve sensations in their own right even if mentation in dreams recurs to the
recollection of wake perception. Further there is some evidence that certain stiles/aspects of depicting flying and
floating bodys are rooted in flying dreams, whereas others are more common to typical aspects of daydreams of flying.
In the paper I will discuss the phenomenological findings of my research in the context of recent results in the field of
psychobiology of dreaming.

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