transient senses is a research cell (see structure) developed in, with, and for the German Pavilion in Barcelona, a building designed by Mies van der Rohe.

This research cell proceeds from the idea—conceived through direct experience in the pavilion—that this construction is an apparatus for thinking about architecture. Handling this building enables very specific reflection on basic architectural categories, and opens up the possibility of understanding them in new ways.
Through four different productions—a sound installation, a sound essay, a video essay and a text essay—transient senses configures another apparatus that will interact with the pavilion and focus its potential for reflecting on the relationship between two basic architectural-perceptual categories: interior and exterior space. The basic hypothesis—also elaborated in immediate interaction with the pavilion—is that the definitional boundaries of these categories are experienced in this building in a vague, diffuse way. There is no clear and stable sense of interiority or exteriority in the pavilion. Both perceptions oscillate in a fluid relationship to one another.

The installation in the pavilion was presented between April 29 and June 21.

From May 26 to 31 and from June 18 to 21 the three essays were presented at the Fundació Antoni Tàpies.

On June 2 at 10 p.m. the video essay was projected in the German Pavilion as part of the video art festival Loop Barcelona.

An international research seminar (transient senses_lab) configured a platform for conceptual reflection on sense, meaning, knowledge and aesthetic practices as research practices in architectural context. The fist part of this seminar took place on May 28 and 29 at the Goethe Institut of Barcelona with the participation of Susanne Hauser (UdK Berlin), Dieter Mersch (ZHdK) und Gerard Vilar (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). The second part took place on June 18 and 19 at Sónar+D with the participation of Jean-Paul Thibaud (CNRS Grenoble), Rudolf Bernet (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven) und Xavier Bassas (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona). Lucio Capece presented a performative sound intervention in the Pavilion as part of the seminar.

download the seminar’s program


The whole research cell will be presented in a later publication.

transient senses is one of the most relevant research cells in Architecture of Embodiment (see structure). It crucially contributes to the development of research practices and strategies for their interconnection, as well as to the understanding of the concept of sense and its realization in architectural contexts.

transient senses
 has been curated by Lluís Nacenta and organized by the Fundació Mies van der Rohe Barcelona, the Goethe Institut of Barcelona, Sónar+D, the Fundació Antoni Tàpies, the Màster Universitari de Recerca en Art i Disseny (Eina i Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona) and Loop Barcelona with the support of the Institut Français of Barcelona, Eina, the research group “Experiencia estética e investigación artística: aspectos cognitivos del arte contemporáneo”, Neumann and Bloomline.

On the website of the asociación de arte electrónico y EXperimental you find a summarized explanation of the whole project (video in English and text in Spanish).


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