TUT Advanced Research Seminar SeriesTUT - Tshwane University of Technology
The next seminar in the TUT Advanced Research Seminar Series on 18 September will explore the physiological arousal of professional artists.
The Faculty of the Arts of the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT will be hosting guest speakers Ms Ariana van Heerden of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts, TUT, and Prof Marth Munro of the Department of Drama, University of Pretoria.
DATE: Tuesday, 18 September 2012
VENUE: Boardroom (Building 5, Room G08), Arts Campus
TITLE: Physiological arousal of professional artists
The autonomic nervous system (ANS), which functions automatically and unconsciously, governs a large part of our daily lives. In qualitative data gathering, due to many complex layers of processing, people often intellectualise or censor their responses between an emotional reaction and a verbal report of their lived experiences. Methods such as peripheral skin temperature, electrodermal responses (or skin conductance), body temperature, heart rate, blood-volume-pulse and respiration are quantitative assessment options that can measure the emotional and physiological reactions of the ANS. Such methods have been employed in this research. The rationale for conducting quantitative assessments is to establish in what manner the ANS – both the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems – is activated under particular circumstances. Physiological processes associated with painting and drawing activities of professional artists are being studied as part of a longitudinal study that also employs qualitative data-collecting methods that reflect the ‘lived experience of the artist. Thus far a relation has been found between the painting/drawing experience and physiological arousal of participating artists. This paper discusses these and any predictive findings.
Ariana van Heerden is a senior lecturer at the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at the Tshwane University of Technology. She is a practising artist and is researching a doctoral topic entitled The flow brain state of painting and drawing artists, in which the correlation between perceived propensity for optimal experience, experimental data from actual brain activity and brain pleasuring through art-making activity are investigated.
Marth Munro is Professor Extraordinaire at the University of Pretoria. In her PhD she investigated the acoustic properties of Lessac’s Tonal NRG and the “Actor’s formant” in the female performer’s voice. She is a certified Laban/Bartenieff movement analyst, a certified Lessac voice and movement teacher, a qualified Hatha Yoga teacher, a bio- and neurofeedback practitioner, a NBI whole-brain practitioner and a sound therapy intern. She was editor-in-chief of the Festschrift on the Lessac work that appeared in 2009, and co-editor of the 2010 edition of the SATJ. She was an associate editor for several voice and speech reviews. Munro was afforded an NRF rating (for the period 2013 to 2017) for the second time in 2012.
All are welcome to attend, including fourth-year students and beyond. If you wish to attend, please supply your name to Ms Chantelle Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org or 012 382 6098 by Monday, 17 September 2012.
Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria Gauteng South Africa