Making sense of darkness: art, sensation and a particular kind of thought process.

  • Soraya Vasconcelos Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologia
Keywords: art, sensation, affect, becoming, sense-making


Experience can originate sensations that intensify awareness and thought, casting them to a place of oddness, far from what is common, encoded and comfortable; an intensity thus generated allows for sense to flow in various and different directions. Art deals with these sensations in particular ways. It deviates from the typical modes of sense making and materializes objects, however insubstantial or ephemeral, which encapsulate and conserve those sensations. Yet, for this to occur a process of transmutation must take place. In this article the artistic process is presented as a disembodiment strategy: a certain reality is disengaged from its original context to be reincorporated into another, new entity: the artwork.

Author Biography

Soraya Vasconcelos, Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologia
Visual artist, lecturer. PhD in Arts and Communication.