Joana Rafael is an architect, researcher and lecturer. Her work focuses on (issues of) ecology, human geography and natural sciences, encompassing contemporary culture, media studies, art and technology. She combines architecture as a discipline of thought and design practice, reflecting on the boundaries of buildings, infrastructures and (radiological-)contaminated territories. Engages in speculative thinking and writing to develop a critical distance from anthropocentric understandings and attend to reciprocal relationships between humans and nature. Joana teaches Contextual Studies and Contemporary Culture-related courses. She is a member of CEGOT (Center for Studies in Geography and Spatial Planning) and CEAA (Centro de Estudos Arnaldo Araújo). Joana is a cofounder of REFINERY BOARD.
On the Techno-Sublime
MA thesis DISSERTATION, Metropolis, CCCB + UPC, Barcelona
On the Techno-Sublime explores the enduring art-historical and philosophical notion of the sublime in the light of the new technologies, in order to manifest the intangible rupture between conscience and material world. Under three problematic around the same thematic, this essay is structured in three rounds, flights or challenges, trying to relate concepts, its roots on history, effect on context and change in stage. Following the Aristotelean perspective of pathos, ethos and logos, the present research is trying to explore the notion of the sublime, in our contemporary society, through those concepts. The present thesis make a specific and thorough analysis on the limit that separates the material world and the technologies that are capable to construct new virtual realities, which interact and condition the human conscience. That limit, a flexible and porous limit, is been mapped through different and interrelated readings of various aspects of our contemporary society.