LOOKING FOR PARADISES(s) and Other Happy Projections. On Costa Rica, Issue #1. Brochure, black and white, 28 pages. Bookecase, plexiglas, wood, mirror and tripod. 2016
LOOKING FOR PARADISES(s) and Other Happy Projections is a journal and publishing platform founded in 2015. Its content focuses on critical discourses informed by the idea of Paradise as a concrete geography. Its fields of interests are contemporary art, culture, and theory. The journal rotates around the questioning of how positive semantic interventions shape the aesthetic of common spaces. Its aim is to foster a discussion on the function of a “happy place” as a knowledge-generating agent, confronted with the fact that a definition of “happy” is, at best, vague. Each edition of the journal will hack a preexisting Essay. On Costa Rica, Issue #1 Hacks Michel Foucault “Des Espace Autres” (1967). According to the Happy Planet Index, Costa Rica rates since a decade as the happiest country among 151.
In my artistic practice and research over the last five years, I have been looking at socio-cultural entanglements between affectivity and materiality, within the fields of the imaginative and of critical thinking. My aim is to explore the blurring of social normative boundaries through the fostering of individual and collective imagination. Central interests span the agency of naming concrete space after affectivity (often after happiness), embodied notions of utopia and mental time travel. The relations of a people to a landscape and to the epistemic dynamics and structures taking place within it, are central for me.