HyperAffordanceGrip here - Research by Erik Rietveld

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HyperAffordanceGrip


By:
Erik Rietveld


One of the crucial notions in Merleau
-
Ponty’s (1942, 1945)
early
work is the tendency towards an
optimal grip (Dreyfus, 2008). This phenomenon is important for understanding our adequate, situated
interactions with t
he material and social environment (Rietveld, 2008). I have
argued

that function of
bodily or, better, skilled intentionality
is

the tendency towards an optimal grip on the field of
affordances (Rietveld, 2012
; Rietveld, De Haan & Denys, forthcoming
BBS
).
Affordances are the
possibilities for action provided to us by the environment (Gibson, 1979).
I wil
l present the results of
an

ethnographic

pilot study

at Rietveld Landscape
-

using the method of participant observation
(Brouwers, in preparation)

-

of exp
ert architects at work
in order
to develop these ideas. This sheds
new light on various aspects of distributed social cognition. The
expert architect is selectively and

simultaneously responsive to multiple affordances, manifesting what I
would
like to cal
l
‘HyperAffordanceGrip’.




References:


Brouwers, A., (in preparation) Een etnografische studie naar de ontwerp
-
praktijk bij ontwerp en
onderzoeksbureau Rietveld Landscape.


Dreyfus, H.L. (
2008
)

Why Heideggerian AI failed and how fixing it would require m
aking it more
Heideggerian
. In Husbands, P., Holland, O. and Wheeler, M., eds.
The Mechanical Mind in History
.
Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, pp. 331
-
71.


Gibson, J.J. (1979)
The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception
. Boston: Houghton Lifflin.


Merleau
-
Pont
y, M. (1942/1983)
The Structure of Behavior

(Fisher, A.L., trans.). Pittsburg, PA: Duquesne
University Press.


Merleau
-
Ponty, M. (1945/2002)
Phenomenology of Perception
(Smith, C., trans.). London: Routledge.


Riet
veld, E. (2008)

Situated normativity: Th
e normative aspect of embodied cognition in unreflective
action
.
Mind 117

(468), pp. 973
-
1001.


Rietveld, E. (2012)

Bodily intentionality and social affordances in context, in Paglieri, F. (ed.)
Consciousness in Interaction. The Role of the Natural and Soc
ial Context in Shaping Consciousness
. Amsterdam: J.
Benjamins, pp. 207
-
226.


Rietveld, E., De Haan, S. & Denys, D (forthcoming), Social affordances in context: What is it that we
are bodily responsive to? Invited commentary article on Schilbach et al.,
Beh
avioral and Brain Sciences
.