Rebecca Krinke maps out emotions

This evening, Rebecca Krinke will speak at Fargo City Hall as part of the Go2030 long-range planning initiative. The event will get under way at 7 p.m.

Krinke will give a talk, entitled The Emotional Landscape,  on her recent work, notably the project Unseen/Seen: The Mapping of Joy and Pain. The project involved taking a large map of Minneapolis/St. Paul into public spaces and asking passersby to color in spots where they’ve felt joy and spots where they’ve felt pain. The participants (you can watch them at work in this video) worked different sides of their experiences, leveraging their spatial memories and physical history with their emotional memories and history. The resulting conversations are touching, funny, and revealing. The experience of working with The Mapping of Joy and Pain appeals to participants’ broader emotional sense (“How about that place in St. Paul where your car got stolen?”) and their love of details (“8:07, right there, which is the time that Todd proposed to me on King’s Hill.”).

Krinke teaches in the College of Design at the University of Minnesota. We look forward to hearing more about The Mapping of Joy and Pain, along with her many other projects, from her this evening.

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