Jens Schmidt

Reception as aesthetic practice - Interactive art from responsive and performative perspectives

The research project investigates to what extent art reception can be described as a lived-body practice, as aesthetic action. The starting point is the format of interactive installations, in which it becomes apparent how interfaces and the object’s affordances call into question the passivity of reception. One’s own behaviour is challenged, addressed, confounded or displayed, so that the supposedly private interaction becomes visible to outsiders and is relocated into the social arena. The resulting negotiation between the self, the object and the social environment will be developed in a theory of aesthetic reception practice which can then be applied to other art forms.




Jens Schmidt studied media and culture studies at HHU Düsseldorf (BA) and cultural mediation with a focus on music at the University of Hildesheim (MA). Since 2015, Jens Schmidt has worked as a freelance artist in the field of interactive sound and media art and has cooperated with independent theatre collectives. He also works at the intersection between mediation and aesthetic practice, for instance at documenta 14. Since April 2019, he has been a researcher in the DFG research training group “Aesthetic Practice” at the Institute of Philosophy of the University of Hildesheim.


His research interests include:

interactive art, aesthetic practice, phenomenology, performativity, poststructuralism and theories of cultural mediation.