IMV PhD Midway Assessment for Martin Pleiss
We wish to invite you to an open midway assessment for our PhD fellow in musicology, Martin Pleiss.
To comment on the candidate's work, we have invited Dr. Komarine Romdenh-Romluc of The University of Sheffield.
Doctoral Research Fellow Martin Pleiss
The midway assessment is organized in two parts, and starts with a two-hour public seminar, followed by a closed meeting.
The purpose of the midway assessment is to evaluate the progress of the PhD project at a point when it is still possible to make small or more substantial changes.
10:15 - 10:40 Welcome, and Presentation by Candidate Martin Pleiss
10:45 - 11:45 Comments by, and discussion with, Dr. Komarine Romdenh-Romluc
11:45 - 12:00 Plenary discussion with the public
Following the public event, there will be a closed meeting between the candidate, invited opponent, and supervisors (12:00 - 12:30).
In my PhD project, I investigate the perception of novel situations presented in virtual reality artworks. In these extraordinary environments, one engages with a foreign and unexpected world which offers new opportunities for relationship-building. This thesis explores the constitution of such relations – that is, of the mesh between the experiencer’s perception and the virtual world, where subjective attention and intentions encounter materialised rules and (afforded) interactions.
The greater goal is to initiate a phenomenology of the perceptual engagement with novel situations. In order to study such environments, I use ‘experiential art’: artworks which either implicitly or directly offer the opportunity to engage with the unexpected or strange. At its core, this is a phenomenological project embedded in a 4E cognition research context: I analyse participants’ first-hand accounts of their initial moments within these artworks and explore ways to relate these descriptions of experiential content to third-person measurements such as eye tracking and pupillometry. Drawing upon methodologies from the phenomenology of perception, aesthetics and game studies and upholding an exploratory approach, a provisional focus lies on interrogating relational temporal structures and emerging patterns of presence, attention and interaction.