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November 30, 2022

ARTIS Workshop in Vienna

ARTIS members met for the second big ARTIS research workshop, this time in Vienna. 
October 27, 2022

Can art that evokes awe make children behave more prosocially towards others?

Awe is a mystical emotion that people often feel in response to impactful works of art. An interesting and well-documented evolutionary function of awe is that it fosters social bonding and elicits strong feelings of interconnectedness when people experience it. Across two studies, a team of researchers from the University of Amsterdam and University of California Berkeley, led by Eftychia Stamkou, set out to examine the social effects of awe in children, by investigating how this emotion influenced their behavior towards refugees. Findings showed that children who experienced awe when exposed to art were more likely to engage in voluntary behavior that benefited refugees, as compared to children who were led to experience other emotions. In other words, art that induced awe sparked prosociality in children.
September 25, 2022

ARTIS Research Presentations at VSAC 2022

ARTIS members participated as symposium moderators and presenters at the Visual Science of Art Conference (Amsterdam), which took place online from the 24st until the 27st of August 2022.
September 23, 2022

Micro-phenomenology Interviews at the Exhibition “Knots of Ecphore”

written by Katrin Heimann

Over the past two years, Katrin Heimann (AAU) collaborated with artist Helene Nymann, accompanying her artistic process towards the exhibition “Knots of Ecphore” via micro-phenomenological interviews. 
In the exhibition that runs until the 23rd of October at Overgaden in Copenhagen, Helene, who is working on the topic of memory and its overlab with imagination, is offering the visitors small wax strings with the following invitation: “What do you want to remember? Choose a string and tie a knot. Place it in one of the glass sculptures.” As part of the exhibition, Katrin and Helene are running interviews with visitors about the experience of participating in this work. If you happen to be in Copenhagen and want to be interviewed, write to and sign up! 

Learn more about micro-phenomenology here.