Falk Heinrich

Dept of Communication, Aalborg University, Denmark

April 2011 – July 2011. Hosted by Michael Shanks, Stanford Humanities Lab

My research seeks to re-formulate the concept of beauty as an aspect of interactive artifacts in art and entertainment (interactive art, computer games, experience design). Our experience of beauty seems to be in the process of transformation. It can no longer be solely understood as a contemplative sentiment, but rather as a sensuous judgment that stimulates and validates interaction processes, itself framed by the field of possibility each artwork unfolds during interaction. My stay is intended to develop an experimental method of investigating beauty by mounting an artistic experiment (an interactive art installation) in order to collect qualitative data about the participants’ sentiment and notion of beauty.