The Routledge volume Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art, co-edited by UMKC Art History Professor Cristina Albu, was recently published.
The book calls for a situational approach to art, which is informed by the intertwining of art theory, phenomenology and cognitive sciences. It offers an interdisciplinary inquiry into the mutability of art experience, showing that it is contingent on an array of deeply entangled biological, cultural, political and social systems. The volume gathers 18 chapters by senior and emerging scholars.
Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art can be a valuable resource for courses and seminars focused on the history of phenomenal art, participatory art and the relation between sensing, feeling and thinking in contemporary art. It can also be used on art theory and methodology, as well as for seminars exploring interconnections between contemporary art and science.
Cristina Albu is an Assistant Professor of Art History and Theory in the Department of Art and Art History at UMKC. Her research focuses on interconnections between contemporary art, cognitive sciences and technology. She is the author of Mirror Affect: Seeing Self, Observing Others in Contemporary Art (Minnesota University Press, 2016). She co-edited Perception and Agency in Shared Spaces of Contemporary Art with Dawna Schuld, an Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art History in the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University.