UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES, SYDNEY – APPLICATIONS FOR UNSW PHD SCIENTIA SCHOLARSHIPS INVITED

EMBODIED VISUAL PERCEPTION IN ART GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS: A PHD PROJECT JOINTLY SUPERVISED BY RESEARCHERS IN UNSW ART & DESIGN and UNSW PSYCHOLOGY

 

Using diagnostic and interactive desktop- and head-mounted mobile eye tracking technologies to record and analyse the situated, embodied experience of visual aesthetics/visitor experience in art galleries and museums, this project will make a real-world impact, working with leading gallery and museum industry partners to develop experimental and creative strategies for visitor engagement and evaluation. This interdisciplinary project will enable the successful candidate to work with supervisors combining expertise in the perceptual foundations of aesthetic experience and in the development of innovative curatorial practices. With backgrounds in visual aesthetics and/or the psychology of human perception, applicants should have an understanding of the theory and practice of eye movements in laboratory and/or field studies.

KEYWORDS: Eye tracking / Aesthetics / Galleries and Museums / Cultural Innovation / Embodied perception

Deadline for applicants to contact supervisors and submit Expression of Interest is 21 July.

For more information on the project, and to submit your Expression of Interest please visit the following webpage:

http://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply/scientia-phd-scholarships/eye-tracking-aesthetics-and-cultural-innovation

To discuss the project, prospective applicants please contact Michael Garbutt, PhD. ,m.garbutt@unsw.edu.au or A-Prof. Branka Spehar b.spehar@unsw.edu.au before 5pm on 21 July.

UNSW SCIENTIA SCHOLARSHIP 

  •  $40K (AUD) a year stipend for four years
  • Tuition fees covered for the full 4-year period
  • Coaching and mentoring will form a critical part of your highly personalised leadership development plan
  • Up to $10k (AUD) each year to build your career and support your international research collaborations

For more details about Scientia Scholarships visit http://www.2025.unsw.edu.au/apply/

A/Prof Branka Spehar | Director of Undergraduate Programs
School of Psychology | The University of New South Wales | SYDNEY NSW 2052 AUSTRALIA Room 715, Mathews Building | T: +61 (2) 9385 1463 | Fax: +61 (2) 9385 3641
E: b.spehar@unsw.edu.au | W http://www.psy.unsw.edu.au |

Michael Garbutt PhD | Associate Dean Research Training UNSW Art & DesignUNSW Sydney | Paddington Campus Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd. | Paddington, NSW 2021Australia T:  +61 (0)2 8936 0774 | E:  m.garbutt@unsw.edu.au |W: artdesign.unsw.edu.au

 

 

Upcoming conference: ‘Art and the Brain’

Art and the Brain: How Imagery Makes Us Human

McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, University of Cambridge

7th-8th December 2015

 

The Art and the Brain conference aims to encourage an interdisciplinary discussion between archaeologists, neurophysiologists and artists to develop current understandings and interpretations of non-verbal communication and the development of art in prehistory. Recent developments in the fields of neurophysiology and neuroaesthetics have highlighted the limitations, capacities and facilities of the brain with respect to our perception and cognition. These advances have thus created a platform for a new understanding of prehistoric visual imagery created by early Homo sapiens. Sessions at the conference will explore the use of colour, line and the concept of embodiment and fragmentation.

For more information regarding the conference, fees and registration, please visit the links below and for any queries, contact Sarah Evans (sce25@cam.ac.uk). The deadline for registering is 25th November.

Webpage: http://www.mcdonald.cam.ac.uk/events/artandbrain

Conference Summary

Conference Programme

Registration: http://onlinesales.admin.cam.ac.uk/browse/extra_info.asp?compid=1&modid=2&deptid=299&catid=1072&prodid=1474

Communicated by Sarah Evans and Liliana Janik

2nd Conference on Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind

Call for Papers

 

Pragmatist and embodied approaches to aesthetics consider aesthetics to be the study of everything that goes into the human capacity to make and experience the bodily pre-linguistic cognitive, emotional and sensory-perceptual conditions of meaning constitution having its origins in the organic activities of living creatures and in their organism-environment transactions.

The 2nd conference on “Aesthetics and the Embodied Mind” aims at highlighting the role of the interdependent relation between emotion and cognition in the bodily mediated pre-linguistic meaning constitution in aesthetic experience and perception. It aims at doing this from an anti-dualistic point of view.

The rejection of the mind-body dualism and of the representationalist approaches to human cognition has led to recast the theoretical tenets of the relation between cognition and emotion in the process of meaning generation. It has contributed to the development of a truly enactive approach to emotions. The enactive approach to emotions has emphasized that cognition and emotions are embodied and interdependent. Accordingly, bodily events are constitutive of appraisal, both structurally and phenomenologically. Arousal needs no appraisal to be interpreted by the subject, for cognitive and emotional processes are simultaneously constrained by the global form produced by their coupling in a process of circular causality. Therefore, the emotional interpretation of a lived situation is a global state of emotion-cognition coherence. It comprises an appraisal of a situation, an affective tone, and an action plan. Emotions such as fear, joy, happiness are bodily mediated cognitive-emotional evaluations of the bodily sense-making of an adaptation to environmental factors the organism interacts with in the environment and of their viability. They allow to subjectively feel the cognitive-emotional qualitative dimension of the degree of value of our interaction with different environmental factors through the aroused lived body.

The submission of contributions that highlight the interdependent relation between emotion and cognition and the global state of emotion-cognition coherence (appraisal of a situation, an affective tone, and an action plan) in bodily sense-making in aesthetic experience and in the perception of the environment is encouraged.

The conference welcomes contributions from the following disciplines: Philosophy of mind, Philosophy of emotion, Literary studies, Artificial Intelligence, Neuroscience, Developmental psychology, Aesthetics, Psychology of aesthetics.

When?: 24th August 2015 – full day

Where?: Birkbeck College London, UK

Languages: English, though a workshop in German will be organized as a parallel workshop. So you can send your abstract in German, too.

Deadline for abstract submission: 25th March 2015

Please send your abstract (max. 300 words) not later than 25th March 2015 to enactiveaestheticsatbirkbeck@gmail.com

For all the information, please visit: enactiveaesthetics

Communicated by Alfonsina Scarinzi