aesthetic experience is generally considered to be an event or object that
produces an experience not necessarily positive, but one that still produces an
exciting, enlightening, or even a transcendental effect. One necessary element
is the figurative meaning of the object or event that allows it to stand for
something else in a set of tropes, such as metaphor, metonym, among others.
This encoded communication between artist and audience elevates the experience
of the piece to something more than (and also less than) "real." In
order for the maximum aesthetic effect to be possible, it helps to have an
ideal audience member who has all the elements required to enjoy a piece, such
as taste, education, etc. There are many accounts on what the aesthetic
experience is, and some common threads are visible among them.