Place: Hogeschool voor de Kunsten (HKU), BKV, Ina Boudier-Bakkerlaan 50, Utrecht
The HKU Studium Generale is public and open to everyone.
In the fall of 2013 the theme of the Studium Generale lectures is 'Five Women', with lectures by Femmy Otten, Joanna van der Zanden, Andrea Stultiens, Janneke Wesseling and Miriam West. The program will continue in spring 2014 with the theme ‘Five Men'.
On 10 September 2013 Janneke Wesseling obtained her doctaral degree with a dissertation entitled ‘The Perfect Spectator. The Experience of the Artwork and the Topicality of Reception Aesthetics’.
The main theme of the dissertation is the question of interaction between spectator and artwork. What happens between a spectator and an artwork? How do we experience meaning in an artwork? How can the process of interpretation be understood and analyzed? The research aims to deepen and problematize the reception-aesthetic concepts. To gain deeper understanding of the exchange between viewer and artwork, new theoretical concepts are introduced in the dissertation. The research is based on a long-term practice as art critic and the personal experience of artworks.