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ERIC Number: EJ1045933
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct-1
Pages: 48
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 103
ISSN: EISSN-1529-8094
When a Body Meets a Body: An Exploration of the Negative Impact of Social Interactions on Museum Experiences of Art
Pelowski, Matthew; Liu, Tao; Palacios, Victor; Akiba, Fuminori
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v15 n14 Oct 2014
We consider the phenomenon of social interactions within the art museum, arguing that even the bare possibility of meeting others or intruding into their gaze can have a profoundly detrimental effect on art experience. This is done by tracing a finding from our previous studies in which we considered three museum galleries--each with the same artist's paintings and basic layout; the only major difference being design elements within one space encouraging social interaction and in turn causing repressed enjoyment, negative emotional experience and negative art evaluation. We use this example as a frame for introducing a model of the psychological impact of social interaction on the behavioral and cognitive experience of art, considering its implications for education--which often focuses on the social--as well as implications for personal or introspective art engagement. We also consider a number of measures and aspects that relate to this model and which might be considered by educators in their planning and art study. We conclude with a followup study of the same gallery, after its physical renovation to minimize social interactions within the space, and showing significant increases in pleasurable or rewarding outcomes as well as increased positive evaluations of the same art.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Japan