Public Defense Doctoral Thesis: Patricia Domingues

Patricia Domingues has the pleasure to invite you to the defense of her doctoral thesis:

A Fracturing Practice – Mapping Phenomenological and Emergent Encounters with Landscapes, Technologies, Events, Objects and Jewellery.

The exhibition supporting this defense is visitable until September 17th 2002 at PXL MAD Gallery.

09 september 2022
13:45 - 17:30
PXL MAD, Elfde Liniestraat 25, 3500 Hasselt
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Public defense of her doctoral thesis by Patricia Domingues:

A Fracturing Practice – Mapping Phenomenological and Emergent Encounters with Landscapes, Technologies, Events, Objects and Jewellery.

In this research I explore fractures and the process of fracturing in an intimate, poetic, historical, geological and technological exploration.

The fracture becomes a metaphorical study of parts that are equally divisible and indivisible, at the same time. Intrigued about the individuation processes between humans and the natural environment and how this separation brought different sights over the landscapes around us, I explore different views and relations that humans maintain with their surroundings: from phenomenological views to an animistic understanding of the world, to the objectification of the land, to geological studies, to colonial and traumatic impositions, to more technological and digital views.

The starting point of my research arises from the handling of materials and from the disciplines of jewellery, craft and stonework. I explore the idea that matter is sensitive and instead of inert, that it is embedded in live-ness. Human development is always a response to what is already latent in the materials and in the environments themselves. I am driven to understand how materials and landscapes are cut, fractured and broken up and how the fragmentation of the landscape is intimately connected with human skills, techniques and technologies. Different technological and conceptual approaches towards material and digital landscapes help me fragment the work from different perspectives.

Through writings, jewellery, objects and installations, I unfold a technological fracture, in which ancient ideas of skill and craft engage in a dialogue with current technological and digital discourses. In my practice, craft and technology are means of questioning the kaleidoscopic ways humans have of delving into natural and artificial surroundings.

Patricia Domingues.

Promotor: Prof. dr. David Huycke
Co-promotor: dr. Nadia Sels


Public Defense:
  • Friday September 9th 2022
  • Location: PXL MAD, Building G, Elfde Liniestraat, 3500 Hasselt
  • Please RSVP before September 4th by filling in this form.
  • 13h45: Welcome
  • 14h00: Lecture by prof dr. Laura Forlano (part of Seminar Series)
  • 15h00: Coffee break
  • 15h30: PhD Defense
  • 17h30: Opening exhibition

The exhibition is visitable until September 17th 2022 at Mad Gallery.

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