The 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 debate on how to understand our sensory perception
of art as part of a larger process. Where most aesthetic and cultural research has focused on matters of meaning, signification,
and hermeneutics, this conference asks questions of aisthesis, sensation, and feeling. More than representation, more than
form, art is production. New materialisms, affect theories, performativity theories, and actor-network-theories have all shown
that the artwork is never passive, never inert. Art produces sensations, new modes of being, new knowledges, and new feelings.
Not a matter of rejecting earlier findings, we are simply trying to explore the 'other side' of the experience of art. Cognition
and feeling are not distinct but articulated together; their relation changes depending on the specific artwork. Key note
speakers: Erin Manning, University Research Chair at Concordia University, Canada; Brian Massumi, Professor at Université
de Montréal, Canada; Frederik Tygstrup, Professor at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.