S.I. SENTIMENTAL INSIGHTS
by Laura Cemin


University: Free Academy of Fine Arts, Brescia, Italy
Course: Bachelor
Year of graduation: 2017
Thesis: S.I. Sentimental Insights
Contacts: lalicemin[at]hotmail[dot].it | website

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Abstract: We constantly strive for perfection, the obsessive request for certainty, claim to codify and define the world according to rational and immutable laws. So we try to hush our anxiety, our loss. Presumptuously, we pretend to measure our surroundings, regardless of its nature; we calculate our weight, the distance to travel, even getting to define the feelings in terms of numbers, thoughts, relationships. Which utopian desire is ours! Define the measure of a dimension has certainly raised the height of the cognitive process, facilitated communication. In a "scientific" society like today, rationality, however, seems to be invested with inordinate relevance, coming to be regarded as the solution to every problem, the answer to every question. The scientific method is therefore not only used to arrive at the knowledge of objective reality, reliable, verifiable and acceptable, but applied to all spheres of life, the subjectivity of the individual, his inner life, to his unconscious. Using the International System of Measurement (SI) as starting point, I have developed a research about the seven basic physical quantities (time, mass, lenght, temperature, luminous intensity, electric current and amount of substance), trying to explain them through feelings, memories and emotions rather than apply metrology to the supersensible. Is it therefore possible to change positions and roles played by the rational and the irrational, to make them interact inversely? The result is a collection of seven volumes, one for each quantity, to “warm up" the science and bring it closer to the human being; using an utopian approach I have tryied to point out the tendency of our society and sting the viewer to make him question his relation with measurements, science and control.

 

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