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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.

University of Oxford (UOXF) UK

Specific Department: Ruskin School of Art

Main individuals carrying out task
(1) Dr. Sarah Hegenbart, Lecturer in art history at Technical University in Munich, currently acting as a substitute for the professorship of art research with a focus on contemporary arts at the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK Braunschweig)
(2) Dr. Anthony Gardner, Professor and Head of the Ruskin School of Art

Dr. Sarah Hegenbart

Dr. Sarah Hegenbart is lecturer in art history at Technical University in Munich and is currently acting as a substitute for the professorship of art research with a focus on contemporary arts at the Braunschweig University of Art (HBK Braunschweig). Prior to this, she was a fellow at the Wissenschaftskolleg in Greifswald, where she pursued the research project “Diagnosing post-truth politics: Dialogical art and Black aesthetics”. Sarah is a member of Die Junge Akademie Mainz and member of the consortium of the Horizon 2020 research project “Art and Research on Transformations of Individuals and Societies”. Sarah completed a PhD on Christoph Schlingensief’s Opera Village Africa in Burkina Faso at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, an M.St. in Ancient Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and a Magister in Philosophy and History of Art at the Humboldt University of Berlin.

Dr. Anthony Gardner

Prof. Gardner is Head of the Ruskin School of Art at the University of Oxford, where he teaches Contemporary Art History and Theory and is a Fellow of The Queen’s College. He has published widely on subjects including postcolonialism, postsocialism and curatorial histories, and is an editor of the MIT Press journal ARTMargins. Among his books are Mapping South: Journeys in South-South Cultural Relations (Melbourne, 2013), Politically Unbecoming: Postsocialist Art against Democracy (MIT Press, 2015) and, also through MIT Press in 2015, the anthology Neue Slowenische Kunst: From Kapital to Capital (with Zdenka Badovinac and Eda Čufer), which was a finalist for the 2017 Alfred H. Barr Award for best exhibition catalogue worldwide. His latest book, co-authored with Charles Green (University of Melbourne), is Biennials, Triennials and documenta: The exhibitions that created contemporary art, published by Wiley- Blackwell in 2016.