VSAC 2017

The Visual Science of Art Conference

The Visual Science of Art Conference (VSAC) was established in 2012 by Professor Baingio Pinna in Alghero, Italy. Its main focus is to better connect the communities of visual scientists and artists in order to deepen our understanding of aesthetic phenomena. The VSAC is an ideal venue to debate and collaborate on all topics associated with the perception and evaluation of artworks.

Typically, VSAC is organized as a satellite conference to the European Conference on Visual Perception and is taking place on an annual basis.

Upcoming meetings

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, VSAC won’t be happening in 2021. However, current proposals are that it will take place in 2022 in Amsterdam, organized by Maarten Wijntjes (detailed information will be provided soon) and in 2023 in Nicosia, organized by Koulla Mikellidou & Marios Avraamides.

History of VSAC

From its beginnings the VSAC has been organized as a satellite conference of the European Conference on Visual Perception (ECVP), the leading European conference on visual science.

VSAC and its sister conference ECVP have been hosted each year in different, vibrant cities all over Europe. Starting in 2012 in Alghero (Italy), subsequent meetings were organized in Belgrade (Serbia), Liverpool (UK), Barcelona (Spain), Berlin (Germany), Trieste (Italy), and Leuven (Belgium).


Held in Leuven, Belgium on Aug 21-24, 2019.
Organized by Johan Wagemans.
Keynote lectures:
Opposites attract: The marriage of art and science by Robert Pepperell (Cardiff Metropolitan University, U.K.)
Colour, Light and Time in Paintings by Anya Hurlbert (Newcastle University, U.K.)


Held in Trieste, Italy on Aug 24-26, 2018.
Organized by Rossana Actis-Grosso and Daniele Zavagno.
Keynote lectures:
The place of contemplation in a world of arts by Michael Kubovy (University of Virginia)
Macchie, passages and edges lost and found by Jan Koenderink (KU Leuven, Belgium)


Held in Berlin, Germany on Aug 25–27, 2017.
Organized by Claus-Christian Carbon and Joerg Fingerhut.
Keynote lectures:
Art and Wonder by Jesse Prinz (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, City University of New York, Graduate Center, New York)
Aesthetics and the Brains by Irving Biederman (University of Southern California)


Held in Barcelona, Spain on Aug 26-28, 2016.
Organized by C. Alejandro Parraga.
Keynote lectures:
Realizing Fechner’s Fantasy by Anjan Chatterjee (Pennsylvania Hospital and University of Pennsylvania, USA)


Held in Liverpool, UK on Aug 22-23, 2015.
Organized by Marco Bertamini.
Keynote lectures:
Aesthetic Science: An Ecological Approach. by Steve Palmer (UC Berkeley)


Held in Belgrade, Serbia on Aug 23-24, 2014.
Organized by Slobodan Marković, Oliver Tošković, Ian Thornton, Dejan Todorović, and Sunčica Zdravković.
Keynote lectures:
What is missing for a proper visual science of art? by Johan Wagemans (KU Leuven, Belgium)


Held in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy on Sep 1-2, 2012.
Organized by Baingio Pinna.
Keynote lectures:
Experimental Phenomenology: Art & Science by Jan Koenderink (KU Leuven, Belgium)

Albrecht Dürer's "The Painter's Manual"

The background drawing is from Albrecht Dürer's "The Painter's Manual", published in 1525. The image nicely illustrates the scientific technique of accurately depicting perspective, so can be seen as a good example of the joint and powerful forces of art & science illustrating one of the VSAC's main aims: to bring together artists and scientists - and artists who follow a scientific path in their arts.