19-02-15

OUT NOW: The Perfect Spectator, Dutch e-book

The Perfect Spectator
The Experience of the Art Work and Reception Aesthetics

by Janneke Wesseling
Published by Valiz, Book and Culture Projects
Design: Sam de Groot

What happens between a spectator and an art work? How do we experience ‘meaning’ in an art work? How can the process of interpretation be understood and articulated?
To address these questions, the author explores the field of reception aesthetics, with its central premise that the contemplation of art is a matter of interaction between the art work and the observer. The research is focused on unravelling and problematising the theoretical terminology of the interaction between art work and spectator, deriving from reception aesthetics as well as from hermeneutics and phenomenology, with the aim of building a new theoretical foundation for this terminology. Additionally, different concepts of spectatorship are extensively discussed.
‘I believe it is more productive to research how the art work works or signifies than what it shows or might signify. This ‘how’ reveals itself mainly in the performative act of experiencing the work.’
This book addresses scholars and students in the fields of art history, aesthetics and visual and cultural studies, as well as artists and art students, and all those art spectators who wish to develop a deeper understanding of the experience of art.

Dutch e-book: order now at Kobo
Later in 2015 available as English paperback book. 

06-02-15

Culture 3.0: Prosuming the Art Academy, 27 March 2015

Culture 3.0: Prosuming the Art Academy, a seminar organized by the research group of the Lectorate Art Theory & Practice at the University of the Arts The Hague.
27 March 2015, 10:00 - 18:00 h

On this day we will look at the impact of digital culture on ‘making’ and will investigate its significance for art education. Three urgent questions will be addressed:

• How can we teach students to become prosumers?
• What are the implications of digital culture for the experience of sensuousness? And for the artistic process of making and its outcome?
• How can we teach students to develop a critical position towards Culture 3.0? What could a critical art and design practice look like in Culture 3.0?

Lectures
Robert Hewison (UK, 1943) - Creating the Creative Industries: the British experience and its challenges
Bas van Beek (NL, 1974) - The Multiple Personality Disorder of the Designer
Theo Ploeg (NL,1969) - Design(ing) (for) the New World
David Jablonowski (DE, 1982) - Stone Carving High Performance

RSVP before 13/3/2015: lectoraatktp@kabk.nl
Royal Academy of Art, Prinsessegracht 4, The Hague

For more information please visit: www.lectoraatktp.nl

22-01-15

PhDArts Symposium: Unfixing Images

A discussion on imagery in the flux of political action, 19 & 20 March 2015

The symposium Unfixing Images focuses on visual documents that develop within processes of political resistance. As bi-products of larger socio-political struggles these documents can be understood both as visual traces of “lived politics” and as tools that can diversify hegemonial historiographies. In this context images are understood as “variational characters”: their “meaning” is inherently unstable as it is intimately linked to the temporality of the processes that bring them forth and continually influence how they are seen.

Unfixing Images will attempt to sketch out a model within which we can situate imagery in the flux of political action.

The symposium is organized by PhDArts candidates Mikala Hyldig Dal, Riccardo Giacconi, and Andrea Sultiens and is divided into three sub-topics that reflect the research outlook of the individual candidates.

The format of Unfixing Images merges classical research and presentations with artistic interventions that reflect on images while abstaining from visuality. The symposium will be broadcast live via a pirate radio transmitter, and an edit will be made available as audio podcast online.

For reservation/Press information mail to PhDArts: info@phdarts.eu
N.B. Participation is reserved for the PhDarts candidates. Limited seats for guests are available and reservation is mandatory. Send an email to info@phdarts.eu.
More information can be found here: www.phdarts.eu
Location: Royal Academy of Art (KABK)

16-10-14

Keynote presentation 'On Methodology' at Symposium in Porto

On November 6th Janneke Wesseling will give a keynote presentation, entitled On Methodology, at the Symposium Conversations on Artistic Research in Porto (PRT).
This symposium is organized by the Research Group of Arts Education of the Research Institute in Arts, Design and Society, Faculty of Visual Arts, University of Porto, on 6 and 7 November 2014.

11-09-14

The Perfect Spectator, Dutch e-book, February 2015

The Perfect Spectator
The Experience of the Art Work and Reception Aesthetics
by Janneke Wesseling
Published by Valiz, Book and Culture Projects
Design: Sam de Groot

What happens between a spectator and an art work? How do we experience ‘meaning’ in an art work? How can the process of interpretation be understood and articulated?
To address these questions, the author explores the field of reception aesthetics, with its central premise that the contemplation of art is a matter of interaction between the art work and the observer. The research is focused on unravelling and problematising the theoretical terminology of the interaction between art work and spectator, deriving from reception aesthetics as well as from hermeneutics and phenomenology, with the aim of building a new theoretical foundation for this terminology. Additionally, different concepts of spectatorship are extensively discussed.
'I believe it is more productive to research how the art work works or signifies than what it shows or might signify. This 'how' reveals itself mainly in the performative act of experiencing the work.'
This book addresses scholars and students in the fields of art history, aesthetics and visual and cultural studies, as well as artists and art students, and all those art spectators who wish to develop a deeper understanding of the experience of art.

Dutch e-book, February 2015.
Later in 2015 available as English paperback book.
 


04-09-14

Lecture at Ice Breaking Fantasies Festival, Helsinki

On September 24, Janneke Wesseling will teach a lecture during the Ice Breaking Fantasies Festival in Helsinki, 19.9 - 27.9. This festival, which includes presentations and performances by doctoral students and a two-day symposium on artistic research, is organized by the TAhTO Doctoral Programme in Artistic Research. The TAhTO programme is run jointly by the University of the Arts, Helsinki and Aalto University. The lecture will focus on the question of the intriguing and sometimes ambivalent relationship between art work and research.

08-05-14

Workshop: Schrijven is Blijven, 7 juni 2014





















De Vereniging van Nederlandse Kunsthistorici heeft vier ervaren schrijvende kunsthistorici uitgenodigd om een workshop te geven over verschillende aspecten van het vak. Leer alle tips and tricks voor het schrijven van tentoonstellingsteksten, kunstkritiek, tekstredactie voor een tijdschrift en publicaties online!

Datum: zaterdag 7 juni 2014
Tijdstip: 12.30-18.00 uur
Locatie: REC-M (Business School UvA), Plantage Muidergracht 12, Amsterdam
Bereikbaarheid: Amsterdam Centraal metro 51, 53, 54 en tram 21 (20 min.), Amsterdam Amstel tram 14 ( 14 min.)
Kosten: € 25,- VNK leden, € 55,- niet-leden
Aanmelding: vóór 1 juni naar secretariaat@kunsthistorici.nl, met vermelding van de volgorde van de workshops die je voorkeur hebben (je volgt twee workshops in totaal)

De workshops worden gegeven door Marie Baarspul, Janneke Wesseling, Nathalie Dufais en Liesbeth Heenk.

Voor meer informatie over het programma: www.kunsthistorici.nl