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Amalie Schultz Ehmsen, Linnea Schytter Andersen, Laurits Svarrer Pedersen, Sidse Marie Kent, Marie Louise Lund Jensen & Nete Bo-Kristensen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This thesis is based on the exhibition Closer - intimacies in art 1730-1930, shown at The National Gallery of Denmark from the 11th of February to the 8th of May 2016. The notion of intimacy is the main issue. To experience the exhibition the paper makes use of an autoethnographic approach, combining theory by Norman Denzin and Charlotte Baarts. The approach resulted in several questions - what is intimacy? How do we get close to art and how does it feel? It lead to the following problem definition: How do we experience and get close to art? The autoethnographic approach provides a tool to explore human perception of art and how it can be scientifically illustrated. Through this process the researchers’ subjective positions are made explicit, hence providing a perspective on the importance of the non-neutral researchers’ role. Different kinds of textual performative devices points out the paradigm of western scholarship and creates an intimate experience by involving the reader in the process of research. By using an analysis model for exhibitions put forward by Rune Gade, an exploration of the thematic ideas of the exhibition and its curator is made. Furthermore the relationship between spectator and exhibition is made. In addition to this the thesis discusses normative and cultural patterns, the museum as an institution, social interaction, emotions, the relationship between subject and its perception of art pieces and between body and mind. Our findings establish a knowledge of how to get close at art – it is subjective, demands contemplation and is a multisensoric experience.

UddannelserPerformance-design, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Bachelor el. kandidat
Udgivelsesdato19 maj 2016
VejledereAnja Mølle Lindelof


  • Kunst
  • Intimitet