Integrated Methods: A Call for Integrative and Interdisciplinary Aesthetics Research

Martin Tröndle, Steven Greenwood, Chandrasekhar Ramakrishnan, Folkert Uhde, Hauke Egermann, Wolfgang Tschacher

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Integration of methods is an option for interdisciplinary research settings, allowing in­ sights into the fleeting moments of aesthetic experience. This chapter aims to exemplify such research settings by introducing two research projects: eMotion: MappingMuseum Experience and ECR—Experimental Concert Research. eMotion concerned aesthetic ex­ periences in the environment of a fine arts museum, and ECR investigates music experi­ ence in concerts. Both projects were conducted in ecologically valid environments: the fine art museum and the classical concert hall, respectively. The technical setup of both projects merged different data levels—body movement, heart rate, skin conductance, fa­ cial expressions, sociological variables, and emotional and aesthetic evaluations of specif­ ic artworks or musical pieces—into an integrated dataset. In both projects, scientists (from musicology, art history, psychology, cultural studies, etc.), technicians, and pro­ grammers, as well as practitioners like artists, musicians, and curators, were brought to­ gether to intensively cooperate. The chapter elaborates on the aspects of such inter- and transdisciplinary research endeavors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford Handbook of Empirical Aesthetics
EditorsMarcos Nadal, Oshin Vartanian
PublisherOxford University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9780198824350
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2022

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