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Grant Programme for Talent Development → Talent development

Arvand Pourabbasi

Arvand Pourabbasi

€ 24.000

Arvand Pourabbasi obtained his Master's degree in Interior Architecture at the Koninklijke Academie van Beeldende Kunsten (Royal Academy of Art) in The Hague in 2017. His work focuses on living and working conditions, nomadic themes and temporary urban installations. Next year, he is going to focus on the concepts of 'comfort' and 'exhaustion'. According to Arvand, being productive is a romanticised idea which ignores exhaustion, procrastination and anxiety. Leisure time as a moment of rest and comfort is not used properly but is part of the capitalist logic which merely sees it as a time for people to recharge so they are ready to go back to work. The development plan consists of three phases whereby comfort and exhaustion are expressed through spatial arrangements, physical expression, rituals, (performative) objects and technologies. As part of the development project Pourabbassi will talk to various professionals, including the designer Jurgen Bey and design studio Refunc as well as physiotherapists and psychologists (prof. Wilmar Schaufeli). The artist duo Bik van de Pol will advise him on spatial and interdisciplinary practices. He will also visit the Lisbon Architecture Triennial (October 2019), the Sharjah Architecture Triennial (November 2019) and the ECCE 2019 - European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics (Belfast, Northern Ireland). All projects will be concluded with spatial installations, interventions and social-urban events.