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© Working Image for “All dressed up and nowhere to go"
at Kusnthalle Baden Baden by D_P_S

Diogo Passarinho

Emotional Landscapes

Mercredi 21 février 2024

This talk gives attention to artists’ practices and how the spatial setup in which artworks are presented can further explain artists’ intentions through the lens of the viewers’ personal perspectives and past memories. Art, theory, and a community of artists and thinkers is the medium that the studio uses to explore and develop what we like to call “emotional landscapes.” This lecture will be about how can we try to design spaces that live in our memories and most likely will outlive the short life expectancies of some projects. Something you saw as a child, that you read in a book, listened to in a club, or saw in a movie is most likely to be used as abstract references and starting points to develop a space. Confusion, disorientation, control, love, ambiguity, climax, and desperation are narratives that you will encounter in one of the studio’s projects and our goal, together with different practitioners, is to try to increase the lexicon of feelings we can use and explore. Whether the task is to develop a spatial installation for one video or to design a space for 70 artists, the premise is always the same, trying to identify what we want the audience to feel and what memories they will bring home.

D_P_S is a research-based design studio, founded in 2015 by Diogo Passarinho, investigating how emotional contexts can be brought into shaping spatial memories. The work of the studio has been showcased at the Venice Biennale, Gwangju Biennale, Baltic Triennial, Hayward Gallery, Palais De Tokyo, Pirelli Hangar Bicocca, Oslo National Museum, Van Abbemuseum, to name a few examples.

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