In the fall of 2013, the theme of the Studium
Generale lectures is ‘Five Women’, with lectures by Femmy Otten, Joanna van der Zanden, Andrea
Stultiens, Janneke Wesseling and Mirjam Westen. The programme will continue in
the spring of 2014 with the theme ‘Five Men’.
On 10 September 2013 Janneke Wesseling received
her doctoral degree for the dissertation The
perfect observer. The experience of the artwork and the actuality of reception
The main theme of the dissertation is the
interaction between observer and artwork. What happens between an observer and
an artwork? How do we experience meaning in an artwork? How can the
interpretation process be understood and analysed? The research is aimed at deepening
and problematising notions put forward by reception aesthetics. To better
understand the exchange between observer and artworks, the dissertation
introduces new theoretical notions. The research is based on a long-term art
critical practice and personal experience of artworks.