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April 24, 2024

MacKenzie Trupp’s (UNIVIE) research received The Impact Award 2023

written by Corinna Kühnapfel UNIVIE PhD Candidate MacKenzie Trupp has been recently awarded with the Impact Award 2023 funded by the City of Vienna Cultural Affairs for her research funded by ARTIS. MacKenzie Trupp is a doctoral candidate at the Vienna Doctoral School in Cognition, Behavior and Neuroscience (VDS CoBeNe) of the University of Vienna.Through […]
October 02, 2023

Paper on Ethical Conflicts in the Research Project: ARTIS. Research as ‘Dirty’[1]: On Colonial Histories of Research

The ARTIS project description aims to research ‘how art impacts societies depending on their dominant ideologies’. This excerpt by Anisha Gupta Müller (KHB) hopes to turn the question around: how do dominant ideologies affect research in the first place? From the context of weißensee kunsthochschule, Anisha Gupta Müller writes on the ethical problems that foreground scientific research
July 17, 2023

New publication on visitors’ bodily, emotional, and transformative experience with an installation artwork

Installation art, with its immersive and participatory nature, evokes and necessitates bodily engagement and awareness. A new study shows that these aspects are integral to the overall art experience, appreciation, and transformative outcomes.
September 30, 2021

ARTIS Research Presentations at IAEA 2021

ARTIS members participated as symposium moderators and presenters at the 26th Congress of the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics (London), which took place online from the 1st until the 3rd of September 2021.

The symposium was titled “How does Art in ‘real life’ impact our bodies, our behaviors, and our minds?: Studies on the ecologically valid interaction with and the pragmatic effect from art in the gallery, the city, and online” and was chaired by Matthew Pelowski.

In this symposium, we presented an overview of several new projects we have undertaken in our empirical aesthetics Laboratories in Vienna, several of which are the result of new Third-Party Funding initiatives. These discuss new techniques for assessing, for quantifying, and for comparing multiple factors involved in the ecologically valid experience of art in the gallery, the city, and even online, as well as the potential pragmatic possibility for such meetings to change attitudes, behaviors, and wellbeing. Talk 1 provides an overview of an EU funded consortium project with the goal of assessing the potential for art experiences to be transformative, and in which we discuss emerging results from exhibitions meant to change attitudes about current societal topics. Talk 2 discusses similar studies in the online domain, focusing on the Covid-19 lockdown period, and considering whether even a brief art visit might impact wellbeing, loneliness, and anxiety. In Talk 3, we move back to the gallery to explore whether viewing paintings alone or accompanied by music might similarly impact stress and wellbeing. Finally, we present new mobile approaches for tracking interactions, considering, in Talk 4, new advances in mapping and assessing how people move in a gallery in front of a single painting, and how movement patterns relate to our looking, our appraisals, and the nature of our experiences. In Talk 5, we discuss a project using mobile eye tracking to assess how people move through a city street, considering how design and text may guide and modulate our aesthetic reactions.

The individual presentations were:

  • Assessing transformations through art? by Fingerhut, J.
  • Can a brief interaction with online, digital art make you feel better? A comparative study of the impact of online art and culture presentations on mood, state-anxiety, loneliness, and subjective wellbeing by Trupp, M. D.
  • When Painting and Music Meet: The impact of multimodal experience of art on visitors’ aesthetic enjoyment and subjective well-being in a museum by Fekete, A.
  • How do we move in front of art; How does this impact art experience? A study of mobile eye- and movement-tracking, emotion, and evaluations in an ecologically-valid gallery setting by Kühnapfel, C.
  • Reading in the city: mobile eye-tracking and aesthetic evaluations of text in an everyday street setting by Chana, K.

The conference was organized by the International Association of Empirical Aesthetics, virtually hosted by City and Goldsmiths, University of London, and in collaboration with Cognitive Neuroscience Research Unit. For more information, please visit: