How does your degree of openness or susceptibility affect your relation to artworks?
Auke Tellegen studied humans openness/susceptibility to hypnosis. One result was construction of the Tellegen Absorption Scale (TAS). TAS is a multidimensional measure that assesses imaginative involvement and the tendency to become mentally absorbed in various daily activities.
Several versions of the absorption scale are available, a very recent version defines nine subscales within the Tellegen Absorption Scale:
- responsiveness to engaging stimuli
- responsiveness to inductive stimuli
- imagistic thought (thinking in mental imagery)
- ability to summon vivid and suggestive images
- cross-modal experiences — e. g.: synesthesia
- absorption in thoughts and imaginings
- vivid memories of the past
- episodes of expanded awareness
- altered states of consciousness.
As a participant moves, interacts, relates to an artwork – we engage in stimuli and respond to the given input. Expanded sensual experience can occur, synesthesia. The involvement and relation to the artwork is a property that the participant has in the instant they engage in and respond to the artwork. The sensed experience consists of short temporal intervals – real time – responsive and elusive – I believe that via a high degree of openness and susceptibility – I as a participant would not be able to sense these temporal intervals – I wouldn’t experience realtime.
My sensed experience in relation to the artwork would have no relation to time, no sense of the time that passed while I was responding and involved with the artwork.