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Markus Tullberg


Lärare Tullberg Markus

4E cognition and musical instruments: Modes of Access


  • Markus Tullberg

Summary, in English

In this presentation, I will discuss how the role of instruments in musical practice can be under- stood, through a theoretical framework drawing upon the emerging paradigm of 4E cognition. Ani- mating the discussion are two studies, an interview study and a co-operative inquiry, together forming the empirical basis of my PhD-project. The case here is the simple-system flute, an in- strument that was primarily developed as a product of 19th century Western art music, and later became established in other genres and traditions.
The theoretical centerpiece in this discussion is the concept of affordances (Gibson, 1979) through which the dichotomy of subject and object is collapsed in order to promote a focus on the reciprocal nature of perception, as a phenomenon depending on both. Affordances, already with a history of use within various forms of music research, is today in direct dialogue with a broa- der range of philosophical traditions and contributions. Although Gibson’s idea may seem intuitive and even simple at first, its implications for our understanding of human behavior and experience are profound. These implications are even more elaborate when taken as a core part of 4EC. Of particular interest in the discussion of the present paper are the extended (Clark & Chalmers, 1998) and the enacted (Noë, 2004) dimensions of cognition. Research in/through/about music can serve a double purpose in the theoretical and philosophical work that lies ahead, since such contributions may (i) highlight and apply these theoretical frameworks to a practice which ope- rates simultaneously in multiple time scales, as well as (ii) deepen our understanding of these relationships, thus shaping new artistic and pedagogical ideas.


  • Lärare (Musikhögskolan)
  • CogComlab






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Conference date

2020-10-26 - 2020-10-27




  • CogComlab