Delving into the links between perception and action mediated by rhythm and entrainment
By Carlos Vara Sánchez (Ca' Foscari Univ. of Venice), visiting researcher at RITMO in April 2019
I had the opportunity of staying at RITMO for three weeks, experiencing its interdisciplinary commitment to address aspects related to rhythm, time, and motion from many complementary perspectives. Interdisciplinarity, nowadays, is a hot topic, almost a universal goal when establishing a research group. However, according to my experience, it is not that easy to achieve. For that reason, RITMO's productive work dynamics, the wonderful gregarious attitude of professors and students, as well as the quality of the facilities, went beyond my expectations. All together contributed significantly to make my time there extremely productive.
The intention for my three-week stay at University of Oslo's RITMO: Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in Rhythm, Time, and Motion was delving into the links between perception and action mediated by rhythm and entrainment. This is a fundamental aspect of my current project "ENAMARE". A project funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (Grant agreement no. 794484), which main objective is exploring and modeling the influence of a potential aesthetic component in general perception through the concepts of rhythm and entrainment from an enactivist point of view.
During my time at RITMO I was supervised by Prof Alexander Refsum Jensenius, but I had the opportunity to meet as well with the Centre's director Prof Anne Danielsen and Professors such as Rolf Inge Godøy and Nanette Nielsen. These and other meetings, giving Food & Paper seminar, and, in general, being part of RITMO's daily activities has been a milestone in my project, influencing it in a extremely positive way. I hope to be back there soon!