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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.

Written by Olivia Maegaard Nielsen

ARTIS members visited the opening of Irene Fernández Arcas’ exhibition, “Existing Otherwise – Inner Jungle” at collaborators, Galerie Wedding. The exhibition goes on until the 21st of May 2022. 

On a busy street in Berlin’s Northern district, Wedding, windows exposing fabrics dyed in neon green and blue make Galerie Wedding stand out from its surroundings consisting of the city council, an employment agency, shops and traffic. ART*IS_Berlin members Olivia Maegaard Nielsen and Joerg Fingerhut (HUB) joined the gallery opening of the exhibition, ”Existing Otherwise – Inner Jungle” of a collaborator in workpackage “Art in Urban Spaces.” 

Galerie Wedding seen from Müllerstraße

The contrast with the bureaucratic scenery strengthens upon entering the gallery as Irene Fernández Arcas’ vibrant universe of colorful linens, shrines, ceramics, and home baked bread invites you in. And that in the most literal sense, in the form of a cave and a bed for the visitor to crawl into. Far more than just observing the artwork, the visitor is thus invited to engage with it and enter it. This utopian oasis seems to be exactly what Arcas describes with the name ‘inner jungle;’ a place in ourselves to seek refuge and relaxation. The shrine is thus a recurring element in her exhibition – be it in the classic shape of an altar built of ceramics and food, or a well known bathroom sink in front of which we perform our daily morning ‘rituals’ – as an “alternative mental and physical space to our urban jungle.” 

A shrine of ceramics, prints, and home baked bread

The state of the mind of the viewer certainly transforms upon entering the gallery from the busy shopping street, Müllerstraße. It is this transformation that Arcas depicts or invites us to incorporate in our everyday life: To create an alternative existence in our mind. 

More information about the gallery and the exhibition can be found here.