Art

Active Arts Participation (09-11-15)

Active participation in the arts has implications not only for the sorts of spaces needed in homes and other buildings, but also for likely responses to art, furnishings, and finishes suggested, just for starters.  Reeves has learned that active “arts participation, as a constituent part of ‘lifestyle’, is not primarily explained through social status or social class but rather through education.”  As education levels increased, people were more likely to participate actively in the arts, by painting or writing poetry, for example.  Passive participation in the arts, for example, listening

Evaluating Ambiguous Art (08-12-15)

Muth and her team wondered how ambiguous artworks are evaluated.  So they investigated:   “Although experimental research has shown people’s particular appreciation for highly familiar and prototypical objects that are fluently [easily] processed, there is increasing evidence that in the arts people often prefer ambiguous materials which are processed less fluently. . . . we empirically show that modern and contemporary ambiguous artworks evoking perceptual challenge are indeed appreciated. . . .

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