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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 Corinna Kühnapfel

Second-year PhD student Corinna Kühnapfel of the ARTIS team at the University of Vienna was invited as a speaker for the workshop “What is Proprioceptive Art?” which will take place from March 9-11 in Düsseldorf, Germany.

In her talk, she will speak about her PhD topic “The Role of the Body in Art Experience” with a focus on installation art, an art form specifically noted to evoke and require use of the body. Both, this art form, as well as the kind of bodily experiences it evokes have been underconsidered in empirical aesthetics research. Therefore, by presenting an upcoming study, she will outline why and how an empirical study of installation will be fruitful for the field in general, as well as with regards to the ARTIS project by exploring the role of the body as a modality for self-reflection, as well as for potentially unlocking more ‘profound’, awe-inspiring, or even transformative experiences.

The workshop “What is Proprioceptive Art?” is planned to be the kick-off event of an interdisciplinary research project, which poses a radical question: Could there be works of art that are (either primarily or predominantly) proprioceptive in nature: i.e., that have the perception of one’s own bodily movement, position in space, balance, muscle tension, pain, temperature, energy and stress levels, etc., at their core?

Bringing together experts of different disciplines – especially philosophy of art, aesthetics, and art history – the workshop is meant to connect researchers joined by an interest in the phenomenon of proprioception and its relevancy in the art world.

More information about the research project, workshop, registration, speaker and abstracts, can be found under this link: