Atmospheres: Aesthetics of Emotional Spaces

Atmospheres [electronic resource] : Aesthetics of Emotional Spaces 

by Griffero, ToninoEbook Library [supplier].

Publisher: Farnham : Taylor and Francis, 2016.Description: 1 online resource (128 pages).ISBN: 9781472421739.Subject(s): Aesthetics, Modern | Emotions (Philosophy) | Space | Electronic books


Cover Page — Dedication — Title Page — Copyright Page — Contents — Introduction: Not to Leave Vagueness (but to Stay in it in the Right Way) — 1 Atmospheric Perception — 1.1 Atmospheric Segmentation? — 1.2 Perceiving Atmospheres — 1.3 How One Feels Here and Now in the Felt-Body — 1.4 The First Impression — 1.5 Atmospheres as Situational Constraints — 1.6 Lived (Predimensional) Spaces — 1.7 ‘Affordances’ and Imagine-Motor Reactions — 2 History of the Concept of Atmosphere — 2.1 The Climatic Paradigm — 2.2 Atmosphere and Landscape
2.3 Orosensory Atmosphere (and the Case of Haptics) — 2.4 … that ‘Creates an Atmosphere — 2.5 The Numinous and the ‘Genius Loci’ — 2.6 ‘Stimmung’, ‘Ambiance’, Aura — 2.7 From ‘Affordances’ to Emotional Design — 2.8 And Art? From the Beautiful to the Atmospheric — 2.9 Urban Seductions — 2.10 The Magic of Dwelling — 2.11 Ecstasy of Materials — 3 Atmospherology — 3.1 History of a ‘Sin’: Introjection and Projection — 3.2 Atmospheres: Not Metaphors but Quasi-things — 3.3 Sinaesthesias — 3.4 ‘All Out’: Atmospheric Ontology — 3.5 Principles of a Phenomenology of Atmospheres — Conclusion
Bibliography — Index


Summary: Originally published in Italian in 2010, this book is the first to address the theory of atmospheres in a thorough and systematic way. It examines the role of atmospheres in daily life, and defines their main characteristics. Outlining the typical phenomenological situations in which we experience atmospheres, it assesses their impact on contemporary aesthetics. It puts forward a philosophical approach which systematises a constellation of affects and climates, finds patterns in the emotional tones of different spaces (affordances) and assesses their impact on the felt body. It also critically discusses the spatial turn invoked by several of the social sciences, and argues that there is a need for a non-psychologistic rethinking of the philosophy of emotions. It provides a history of the term ‘atmosphere’ and of the concepts anticipating its meaning (genius loci, aura, Stimmung, numinous, emotional design and ambiance), and examines the main ontological characteristics of atmospheres and their principal phenomenological characteristics. It concludes by showing how atmospheres affect our emotions, our bodies’ reactions, our state of mind and, as a result, our behaviour and judgments. Griffero assesses how atmospheres are more effective than we have been rationally willing to admit, and to what extent traditional aesthetics, unilaterally oriented towards art, has underestimated this truth.