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Desiree Foerster
Cinema and Media Studies
Aesthetic Experience of
Metabolic Processes
Meson Press, 2021



Simultaneously speculative and inspired by everyday experiences, this volume develops an aesthetics of metabolism that offers a new perspective on the human-environment relation, one that is processual, relational, and not dependent on conscious thought. In art installations, design prototypes, and research/creation projects that utilize air, light, or temperature to impact subjective experience, Desiree Foerster finds aesthetic milieus that shift our awareness to the role of different sense modalities in aesthetic experience. 

Watch ""Is sharing caring? Enacting novel relationships with nonhuman worlds in the arts," a recent keynote lecture by Desiree Foerster.




Desiree Foerster explores the impact of liminal experiences on human subjectivity. Her work often takes the form of collaborative research creation projects, where interactive art works intersect with her writings on process philosophy, speculative research, and aesthetic practice. She is a postdoctoral instructor at the Cinema and Media Department at the University of Chicago, after graduating from the Institute for Arts and Media at the University of Potsdam.

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