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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.

written by Matthew Pelowski

Art and Neurological Disorders” is an exposé of how different neurological disorders may influence and/or relate to the artistic process, with a particular focus on visual art and painting.

We just published a co-edited book on “Art and Neurological Disorders—Illuminating the Intersection of Creativity and the Changing Brain”. The book was edited by myself (Matthew Pelowski, UNIVIE) and by Blanca Spee (Postdoc in my lab), in collaboration with Dr. Alby Richard MD, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neurosciences, University of Montreal. The book is in the “Current Clinical Neurology Series,” put out by Springer Nature. It tackles the emerging, and very intriguing, overlap between changes or differences in our brains, that might be attributed to neurological disorders (Schizophrenia, Autism spectrum disorder, mood disorder, etc.) or neurodegeneration (Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease) and differences in the way people make, or their interest in making, art. By exploring these overlaps in art interest, artistic creativity, choices for styles or abstraction, even our artistic ability itself, and the artist brain, we might reveal much about both how we approach the uniquely human act of art making and also how we might better understand different neurological disease. Not to mention, this might provide a basis for how art might be used in diagnosis or therapy. 
The book includes chapters by several leading experts in neurology, psychology, neuroscience, as well as reflections by art therapists and working artists.

Richard, A., Pelowski, M., Spee, B. (Eds). (2023). Art and Neurological Disorders—Illuminating the Intersection of Creativity and the Changing Brain. Current Clinical Neurology Series. Springer Nature Switzerland AG, Humana Press: Cham, Switzerland. ISBN 978-3-031-14723-4.