Extra talks!

All available recordings will be uploaded to this page. Thank you all for attending!

The organisers, Nicole Ruta & Marina Iosifian

We, the organizers of Art in Conversation, stand with Ukraine and condemn war, acts of violence and terrorism of any form. Our thoughts go to war victims and we share the grief and sorrow of the all the people affected by the war in Ukraine. We express our solidarity with the academic community of Ukraine, as well as academics from Russia and Belarus who express their condemnation of the war in Ukraine and are under the threat of political repression.

Seminar 21: This is predictable! Predicting aesthetic experience

4th May 2022, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm UK time

Why do we like or dislike certain artworks? What psychological mechanisms underlie aesthetic judgments? Can scientists develop a model to predict them?


Ana Clemente, PhD, Post-doctoral researcher Institute of Neurosciences, University of Barcelona

Aenne Brielmann, PhD, Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Computational Neuroscience, Max Plank Institute for Biological Cybernetics

Seminar 22: This is a building! The aesthetics of the built environment

11th May 2022, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm UK time

Architecture is “art you can walk through”. Humans interact with the built environment daily, it affects the way they feel. What is the psychological impact of architectural design?


Avishag Shemesh, PhD, Architect and researcher, The national institute for brain and rehabilitation sciences

Ute Leonards, Professor of Neuropsychology, University of Bristol

NOTE: The recording of this seminar is confidential and available via private link. Please, email the organisers Dr Nicole Ruta and Dr Marina Iosifian if interested and we will be happy to share it with you.

Seminar 23: This is emotional! Empathy and cinematic experience

18th May 2022, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm UK time

Cinematic language evolved to affect our emotions: we feel emotional while watching movies; we empathise with movie characters, even though we know they are fictional. What are the philosophical, psychological and neural mechanisms underlying these effects?


Murray Smith, Professor of Film, Director of the Aesthetics Research Centre, and Divisional Deputy Director of Research & Innovation (Interdisciplinarity), University of Kent

Katalin Eva Balint, Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences, Communication Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Seminar 24: This is disgusting! Art as a challenging medium

25th May 2022, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm UK time

While we may associate art with beauty, disgust and the aesthetic of ugliness play an important role in it. How do we experience disgust when we engage with artworks? Do negative emotions we experience in art differ from negative emotions we experience in everyday life?


Filippo Contesi, PhD, Philosopher, LOGOS Research Group in Analytic Philosophy, University of Barcelona

Valentin Wagner, PhD, Lecturer in Psychology, Helmut Schmidt University

Seminar 25: This is artificial! Artificial Intelligence (AI) and art Cancelled

8th June 2022, from 3:30 pm to 5:00 pm UK time

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and art
AI can create paintings and poems, but can we distinguish them from human-made ones? And is this relevant for our experience of artworks? We will discuss how AI changed the way we conceptualise and understand art nowadays.


Boris Orekhov, PhD, Researcher in Literary studies, Pushkinsky Dom

Ahmed Elgammal, Professor in Computer science, Rutgers University