Implied movement perception in different static artworks affects subjective time

  • José Lino Oliveira Bueno
  • Francisco Carlos Nather


Several experiments from our laboratory are showing that paintings and sculptures with more implied movement were estimated longer than those artworks with lesser movement. Furthermore, presentations of short and long term duration of abstract and figurative artworks differently distorted the perception of time. These time distortions have been related to changes in levels of arousal associated to embodiment mechanisms and to different cognitive processes as memory and attention. Aspects of different movement representation in static artworks of different artistic movements (for example impressionism, cubism and op art) are associated to different duration exposures on subjective perception of time. Eye tracking and force platform procedures confirm the relationship between implied movement perception and subjective time. The aesthetic experience of art is not limited to vision and cognitive components of the observer, but involves different aspects of work-spectator relation as the representation of movement, emotions and mechanisms of embodiment.

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