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Claudia Muth and Claus-Christian Carbon

. This general quality of art perception is often referred to in the literature with the term ‘ambiguity’, but actually comprises a variety of very different — sometimes even contradictory — phenomena. Therefore we shall refer to it more broadly as ‘semantic instability’, which we shall call SeIns

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Claudia Muth, Marius Hans Raab and Claus-Christian Carbon

1. Introduction The perception of artworks rarely—if ever—results in the instantiation of a determinate meaning. Instead, we can describe how perceivers of art enter different phases and variants of Semantic Instability ( SeIns ; Muth and Carbon, 2016 ; Muth et al ., in press) when

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Expecting the Unexpected: How Gallery Visitors Experience Semantic Instability in Art Claudia Muth, Marius Hans Raab and Claus-Christian Carbon     121 Facial Types in Painting and Recognition Skills: Laymen as Connoisseurs Astrid Schenk and Jeroen Stumpel     143

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Howard Riley  57 The Synoptic Art Experience Maarten W.A. Wijntjes, Andras Füzy, Maud E.S. Verheij, Tyas Deetman and Sylvia C. Pont  73 Lay Perceptions of Two Modern Artworks Mikko Lagerspetz  107 Outline of a Theory of Visual Tension Ling Zhu  127 SeIns : Semantic Instability in Art Claudia

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Hannah Dawson

explore two linguistic anxieties which were thought problematic for politics. Th e fi rst stems from what I have called elsewhere semantic instability. 47 Th is phenomenon, whereby words mean diff erent things for diff erent people and H. Dawson / Hobbes Studies 22 (2009) 219–230 229 48 Hobbes, Elements

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Gianluca Consoli

’s functioning ( Frijda 2006 ), the hypothesis underlying the predictive coding account of art is that increased predictability is pleasurable and intrinsically rewarding. Recent findings show that after active and intense elaboration the pleasure is greater: the higher the semantic instability, the stronger the

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Peerce McManus

, this disregards the capacity to manipulate the ‘semantic instability’ of hostis humani generis to construct one’s own identity as a friend of the international community, whilst denigrating one’s enemy as an enemy of all mankind. Thus the self-referral by the Ugandan Government can be regarded as a

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Stefan A. Ortlieb and Claus-Christian Carbon

ambiguous stimuli ( Aesthetic Aha ; Muth and Carbon, 2013 ) or artworks that allow for multiple interpretations ( Semantic Instability ; Muth and Carbon, 2016 ). Moreover, there are preliminary indications that artworks with distinguishing stylistic features transform the way we see the world by

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Abstracts from the 6th Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC)

Trieste, Italy, August 24th–26th, 2018

: Dynamics and order 5. Does “action viewing” really exist? The relationship between dynamic paintings and gaze behavior Hanna Brinkmann, Eugene McSorley, Raphael Rosenberg and Louis Williams .............................173 6. Shifting in and out of Semantic (In)stability. A

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Stephanie W. Jamison

- - the mistakes and misunderstandings of its own practitioners -- result from the unfortunate collision of two separate factors: the inherent semantic instability of the past participle, and the fact that something can be considered both an event and a state, depending on the aspect emphasized. These two