Creativity of human and non-human matter interwoven: autonomous sensory meridian response videos in a posthuman perspective


The problematization of the idea of creativity resulting in the revision of concepts about autonomous, creative, and human self has been a reality since the end of modernism, or maybe even longer. Postmodernism, as well as theories of posthumanism and new materialism, dealing with categories such as materiality, virtual reality, transgression, hybridization, etc., offer some reflections on the idea of non-human creativity, which is no longer an attribute immanently assigned to human, but a result of interaction between human and non-human elements, including the affective friction of bodies made of matter. Mostly inspired by the theories and methodologies of posthuman studies, studies in new materialism, and new media studies, the article aims to answer the question about the types of creativity appearing in a new YouTube phenomenon – autonomous sensory meridian response videos massively published in recent years. The article is an attempt to give a comprehensive account of the idea of posthuman creativity – with its sub-types like sensual creativity or techno-creativity – visible in extremely popular, however under-researched, autonomous sensory meridian response artworks. The paper puts forward the thesis about autonomous sensory meridian response being a model artistic phenomenon in which the entanglement of human and non-human matter results in a form of posthuman creativity. Numerous examples of autonomous sensory meridian response videos have been analysed, pointing to the specific modes of creative collaboration of human and non-human elements on the film set. In conclusion, it has been shown that autonomous sensory meridian response artworks become the product of posthuman creativity resulting from mutual, affective interaction of bodies.


Kūrybiškumo idėjos problematizavimas lėmė tai, kad buvo iš naujo apsvarstytos koncepcijos, susijusios su savarankiška, kūrybiška ir žmogiška savastimi – tai tapo realybe baigiantis modernizmui ar net ir anksčiau. Postmodernizmas, kaip ir posthumanizmo bei naujojo materializmo teorijos, operuojančios tokiomis kategorijomis, kaip materialumas, virtualioji realybė, transgresija, hibridizacija ir kt., kelia tam tikrų apmąstymų dėl nežmogiško kūrybiškumo, kuris jau nebėra savybė, vidujai priskiriama žmogui, idėjos. Tai žmogiškų ir nežmogiškų elementų sąveikos rezultatas, apimantis emocinę materinių kūnų trintį. Straipsnyje, iš esmės paskatintame posthumanizmo, naujojo materializmo ir naujųjų medijų studijose plėtojamų teorijų ir metodologijų, siekiama atsakyti į klausimą, susijusį su kūrybiškumo rūšimis, kylančiomis naujojo YouTube reiškinio kontekste – su autonominio jutimo meridiano atsakui skirtais vaizdo įrašais, plačiai skelbiamais pastaraisiais metais. Šis straipsnis – tai pastangos išsamiai aprašyti posthumanistinio kūrybiškumo idėją, jam būdingus potipius, tokius kaip juslinis ar techninis kūrybiškumas, regimas ypač populiariuose, tačiau mažai tyrinėtuose autonominio jutimo meridiano atsakui skirtuose meno kūriniuose. Straipsnyje pateikiama tezė, esą autonominio jutimo meridiano atsakas – tai pavyzdinis meno reiškinys, kuriame žmogiškos ir nežmogiškos materijos sampyna sukuria posthumanistinio kūrybiškumo formą. Buvo išanalizuota daugybė autonominio jutimo meridiano atsakui skirtų vaizdo įrašų, kuriuose pabrėžiamas specifinis kūrybinės žmogiškų ir nežmogiškų elementų sąveikos pobūdis. Daromos išvados, kad su autonominio jutimo meridiano atsaku susiję meno kūriniai tapo posthumanistinio kūrybiškumo produktu, kurio pagrindas yra abipusė emocinė kūnų sąveika.

Reikšminiai žodžiai: autonominio jutimo meridiano atsakas, naujasis materializmas, naujųjų medijų studijos, posthumanistinis kūrybiškumas, posthumanizmas, techninis kūrybiškumas, YouTube.

Keyword : autonomous sensory meridian response, new materialism, new media studies, posthuman creativity, posthumanism, techno-creativity, YouTube

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Łapińska, J. (2020). Creativity of human and non-human matter interwoven: autonomous sensory meridian response videos in a posthuman perspective. Creativity Studies, 13(2), 336-350.
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