Research on the Perception of Art Launched

Sociological research by Dagna Kido?, a PhD student, into the reception of contemporary art using eye tracking technology is underway. Respondents are subjected to experiments in Warsaw and Lodz. During the sessions, they watch art installations, give interviews and solve tests. The qualitative and quantitative data obtained is intended to demonstrate how modern art is read and understood by visitors to galleries and museums. A Pupil Labs Invisible mobile eye tracker is used to measure eye movement.

Social determinants of contemporary art perception

How does a viewer view a work of contemporary art? How much does it depend on the type of exhibit and how much on the viewer themselves? What influences how we view paintings? The study, based on the achievements of neuroscience, also draws on cognitive science, showing the relationship of corporeality and perception to thinking.

The study aims to juxtapose previous research achievements with modern technology that can broaden knowledge and identify regularities in the patterns of art perception.

Since art is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon, it is reasonable that the analysis of its perception be interdisciplinary and combine perspectives from the fields of sociology, aesthetics and psychology of perception.

Modern technology, drawing on the achievements of neuroscience, will be confronted with the theory of conditioning the social reception of art, developed, among others, by Pierre Bourdieu. In this way, beauty as a concept with philosophical tradition will be included in the neurobiological considerations on the genesis of aesthetic pleasure.

The research is carried out within the PhD School of Social Sciences at the University of Lodz.