The supernormal is an artist’s enquiry into the biological origins and the ‘reductionistic approach’ of art. It is a research and book project by interdisciplinary artist Arnold Hoogerwerf, and started out as part of a research fellowship at the Netherlands Institute of Advanced Study (NIAS), offered by the KNAW and the Akademie van Kunsten. This website is an accompanying collection of texts, images, links and thoughts on the same subject.
The title of this project is a reference to the supernormal stimulus, a concept by Dutch biologist and Nobel Prize laureate Niko Tinbergen (1907–1988). Time and again, this concept is being referenced by art historians, neuroscientists and evolutionary psychologists to shine light on the biological nature of art and the aesthetic experience.