Moving Art – Psychological and Philosophical Explorations

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Date(s): 31. August – 01. September
All Day

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art


Art moves us by eliciting intense experiences that go beyond reflection and formal language. It unfolds in the dimension of the pre-reflective, which in philosophy and psychology has been described as the origin of all consciousness and reflective thinking. Basing aesthetic experience on our pre-reflective, that is our affective, bodily, and moving being leads to an exploration of the impact of art at the level of sensation, pulsation, rhythm, and gesture. At this symposium we question how art can affect us in terms of empathy, rhythm, and living presence; diaphanous forces of sensation immanent to both our everyday experience and experiences with art.


  • Brian Massumi, University of Montreal
  • Elisabeth Bodin, Louisiana Learning
  • Erin Manning, Concordia University
  • Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, Stanford University
  • Mark Freeman, College of the Holy Cross
  • Richard Shusterman, Florida Atlantic University
  • Kasper Levin, University of Copenhagen
  • Simon Høffding, University of Copenhagen
  • Tone Roald, University of Copenhagen


You must register no later than August 19th in order to attend the symposium. Registration was on first come, first serve basis and closes at 150 participants. As part of the registration you could purchase lunch for Friday, August 31, but otherwise Louisiana entrance as well as coffee and refreshments at breaks was free.

No more participants can register for both days, as we are fully booked on Friday, August 31st, but you are welcome to sign up for the waiting list. We will contact you if seats open up.

To sign up for the waiting list, please go into registration and continue with “Registration – Both days”

You can still register for Saturday, September 1st.

On Saturday, September 1st, there will be lunch options around campus, and lunch can not be purchased as part of registration for the conference.



The symposium is organized by the two research groups, Aesthetic Experience & the Pre-Reflective Self, and Motor Dialogue & Intentionality in Early Infancy; both from Department of Psychology, University of Copenhagen.