Alessandro Pignocchi

Art and Intention Publication date : January 12, 2012

Alessandro Pignocchi has a doctorate in philosophy from the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) and a doctorate in cognitive sciences (Institut Jean Nicod). In addition, he is an illustrator.

According to Alessandro Pignocchi it is impossible to understand our relations to works of art without examining the artist’s intentions.
Recent finding in the cognitive sciences show that our personal experience of an artwork is organised around a mental reconstruction of the artistic process that originated it.
For example, without being aware of it, we perceive the various properties of an artwork — the lines in a drawing, certain aspects of the structure of a film or the sentences in a novel — as the result of intentions and actions that we could have produced ourselves.

• A cutting-edge reflection on how we relate to artworks, based on the study of the cognitive processes of intention attribution.
• A revisiting of some classic themes: the philosophy of art; the concept of a work of art; the author’s place; artistic judgment; the work’s relation to time.