At the moment, I think about how technology changes our (art and life-) styles, our behaviors and our perception of them, at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow (advisor: Sidey Myoo). In this context, I study behavior in relation to art and philosophy. Scientific understanding in this regard is lacking, although I did find some interesting sources such as the writing of Jean Galard, a French art critic and philosopher, particularly The Beauty of Gesture (La beauté du geste) from 1984. From simple techniques to state-of-the-art high tech devices, technological change produces liminality or a "suspension" of cultural behavioral roles, programs, performativity, and rules like savoir-vivre, all which need to be re-invented (if not, then they are left dis-ordered or "short-circuited" and social life becomes full of conflict and antagonisms). My research is framed with Bernard Stiegler's philosophy of art and will be published in my PhD dissertation titled "Behavioral Aesthetics: The Art of Thought Control, Regulating Conduct and Constituting Agency in the Philosophy of Bernard Stiegler".
A more detailed explanation from an e-mail to a colleague, 21.02.2021 (click to expand and read)
Music as a Drug
Before that, I studied music. People say that music is good for you, that it is therapeutic and enhances brain-power, and sometimes what people claim music can do is on the border of miraculous. Following this intuition, I analyzed music as a pharmakon, which generally is the ancient Greek word for drugs: medicines and poisons, cosmetics and magic, all which profoundly change the way we experience reality and existence. Others, especially in the late eighteenth century, see music as a cause of disease and destruction, and in my interpretation: dis-ease (a discomfort or an uneasiness. Think: 'The youth ruined music once again!' or 'this new music sounds awful, the good old days were much better'), which I call aesthetic dissonance. My research on music as a pharmakon, a cause of madness (and scapegoat, just like any other drug), was the topic of my M.A. thesis: The Significance of Music with Reference to Plato and the Notion of “Pharmakon”. (Jagiellonian University in Krakow, advisor: dr hab. Krzysztof Guczalski, prof. UJ).
How Musicians are Evaluated
Also, I studied the way we value music. How do we come to the conclusion that a musical performance is good or bad? How is it possible that many people can evaluate a performance in ways that contradict each other? The stakes are high considering great competitions where tons of money can be won. It turns out, that we don't judge music the way we think we do. It's based on mental short-cuts, and the evaluation is just as performative as any musical show, it's a behavior (a reaction) paired with other behaviors (as stimuli). This is where I first came up with the idea of Behavioral Aesthetics, somewhere between 2012-2015 as a student of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (AMU). My B.A. thesis covers this topic: The Axiology of Music: Systemic Irrationality in Judging the Performance of Music. (AMU, advisor: dr Anna Ziółkowska-Juś). My methodology was based on real behavior and taking claims in brackets, borrowing a lot from behavioral economics.
Grounding in "Technical" Experience
By technical, I mean as a techne, a skill. Thus, all of my research on music and art is based on my experience as a musician. I studied classical guitar at the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznań under the supervision of dr Bartek Marusik. I also have Polish State certification to work as an Assistant Sound Operator, Technical Assistant Sound Engineer, Audio Mixer, and Sound Editor. I was popular music co-ordinator and teacher at the Conservatory of Music in Poznan, located at the Imperial Castle, where I taught students the needed musical know-how and techniques to be successful in addition to preparing them for ABRSM and RSL exams.
March-June 2016. Member of the Adam Mickiewicz student research group lead by prof. dr hab. Piotr Przybysz. Project title: "Umysł w środowisku sztucznej inteligencji: o wpływie technologii cyfrowych na funkcje umysłu" [The mind in the milieu of artificial intelligence: on the influence of digital technology on the functions of the mind].
Philosophy of Technology Research Group of the Jagiellonian University's Student Circle, which was conceived of by Teodora Zawieja and founded by us on November 17, 2015.
Member of the The Roman Ingarden Digital Archive research project, as of July 1, 2019.