Department of Culture and Learning

Conference on How to do things with art

12 - 13 of November, 2015

First Hotel, Aalborg


This conference argues that we must account for the intensity of art, otherwise we can only explain part of our aesthetic experience. This argument is found in critics as diverse as Brian Massumi, Charles Altieri, and Sianne Ngai. Philosophers such as Alfred North Whitehead, Henri Bergson, and Steven Shaviro have argued that much of our perception is not cognitive but intuitive; we connect to the world through our senses. The conference is part of a larger debate on how to understand our sensory perception of art as part of a larger process. Cognition and feeling are not distinct but articulated together; their relation changes depending on the specific artwork.

Similarly, our bodies are porous to the world around us. Through sensory perception the world reaches into our bodies, just as our bodies extend through the environment. This conference will be a new initiative in this field within the Nordic countries, and also the beginning of a new Nordic research network.

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The How to Do Things with Art Conference has received financial support from the Carlsberg Foundation and
the Danish Council for Independent Research | Humanities


Conference coordinator Steen Ledet Christiansen

Conference coordinator Jens Lohfert Jørgensen

Conference secretary Julie Skibsted Larsen