COCA 2017

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Mapping Emotional Anthropology. Cartographies of Three Exhibitions

The students from two universities —far geographically— Pontifical University at Salamanca, Spain and Prince Sultan University at Riyahd, Arabia Saudi, drafted three installations through an anthropological approach to issues related to architecture, that narration was performed on various media: videos, posters, and models. The rational research about plastics, creative emergency and Saudi domestic space approached to the intuitive emotion and thought about it intellectually to be exposed. Plastic Chains was a visualization in a timeline presentation about the applications of plastic in architecture, engineering, design, and art, from its origins, the first scientific discoveries, the significant moments of the second world war and its postwar, Pop Culture, the interruption caused by the oil crisis in 1973, to the present. The exhibition decoded a complex network of dualities applied to plastic and discovered many of the meanings of these materials through three interwoven histories: the scientific, practice and cultural full of emotional and anthropological connotations in the recent era of plastic.

Creative Emergency documented situations in which the classical order ‘reflection-action’ was inverted. The emergency was understood as an attitude of project and resounding response action: make first, look at secondly and think about it later.  The action spoke of spontaneity, of the intellectualization of what happened and the critical look at intuition; as well as participation.

The Saudi Doll´s House used game ‒ doll houses designed by local students‒ as a kind of architecture-object with the aim of revealing a teaching strategy to build a global culture. During the process of interpretation of those Saudi objects, it was necessary to translate the models in drawings and other graphic documents to express in them the anthropological narration by the youngest generations from Arabia, its vital projects, and ideas and to express their wishes and concerns, and this was possible through a collaborative work between Spanish and Saudi students who never met physically.

The main purpose of the three experiences described in this communication is to set graphically and spatially concepts linked to perception and emotion that allowed students map their own conclusions on relations and simultaneities between anthropology and architecture.

The aim of this communication is to expose the creative process of the three events trying to clarify some ways that will continue working from this emotive-anthropological perspective, outside of the academic context. The used instruments were the virtual space in which those ways converged, the applied pedagogy facilitated the empowerment of the participant students in an inclusive way. The work existed because all the players reported it in all the networks in a collaborative way.

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