Moving art - Philosophical and Pscyhological Explorations


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,
  • Erin Manning,
  • Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht,
  • Mark Freeman,
  • Richard Shusterman,
  • Jannik Mosekjær Hansen,
  • Kasper Levin,
  • Simon Høffding,
  • Tone Roald


31 August – 1 September 2018


The conference takes plade at two different locations:

The conference venues are:

  • Friday, August 31, at the museum Louisiana, Gl Strandvej 13, 3050 Humlebæk
  • Saturday, September 1, at the University of Copenhagen, Øster Farimagsgade 5A, Chr. Hansen Auditoriet, Building 34, Copenhagen



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.