PSYCHOLOGY OF ART

17.11.2020
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  • Psychology and Art, between philosophy and psychology.
  • Art and aesthetics of beauty, the hedonic dimension of pleasure, art and  the appeal of its seducing power.
  • Art cognitive dynamics: the ability to perceive, to give a meaning and subjective aesthetic preferences.
  • Sensory perception, why sensory activities contribute, so unequally, to the construction of aesthetic experience.
  • Art seen as a Lab for new forms of communication.
  • The creative act, artist psychology (analysis and comprehension of the artistic language of some authors).
  • Labs of sensory perception and synesthesia.

The cycle of lessons will be held during the second semester and they will end with an oral exam. Attendance to the course is mandatory for experimental workshops. The exam, which provides training credits will be on the contents of the bibliographic part and on the knowledge of topics analyzed during frontal and experimental lessons.

The course is divided into  two thematic areas of reference. The first one covers the main constructs of psychology and allows the student to orient himself and become familiar with peculiarities of art psychology. The second area focuses on perception studies concerning the functioning of the senses and reactions, triggered in humans by sensory stimuli. This elaboration of sensory data is an active and creative process that replaces sensory experience of the surrounding environment, an experience that lies to the basis of how we perceive and decode the world. Perceptual processes are closely linked  to and inseparable from other cognitive faculties such as, attention, memory, reasoning, emotions.

Such approach requires the knowledge of the following books together with experience during sensory workshops.

 

Bibliography

E.R.Kandel, 2012, L’età dell’inconscio, arte, mente e cervello, dalla grande Vienna ai nostri giorni, Milano, Raffaello Cortina Editore.
Ernst Gombrich, 1992, Freud e la psicologia dell’arte, stile, forma e struttura alla luce della psicanalisi, Torino, Piccola Biblioteca Einaudi.
U. Eco (a cura), 2018, Storia della bellezza, Firenze, Bompiani.

Office hours: Thursday from 5.00 p.m. to 6.30. p.m. preferably by appointment.