Immersive Thrills: Understanding Safe Spaces.
Starting from Alfred Gell’s seminal article “Vogel’s Net: Traps as Artworks and Artworks as Traps” (1996), where Gell uses the image of the animal trap as a machine mediating between different life-worlds, Pedro Neves Marques invited us to go deeper on this conception.
Together with Pedro Lobo I explored the theme park as a ‘trap’ and as a foundation to understand the social construct around Safe Spaces. Is this sense of safety an illusion? Are Safe Spaces political? In Immersive Thrills, we inspected the distinct ecologies that we encounter in these passionate experiences, how can we relate them to the power relations of one’s safety, and our human necessity for it.