Spatial Practice and 
Artistic Research
Paolo Patelli (IT, 1984) manipulates architecture, design, and artistic practice. His work is research-driven, empirically scaffolded in ethnographic observations, media excavations and archival mediations. Through artistic methods and often collaborative enquiries, he engages with the materialities, scenes and atmospheres at the intersections of space and society, technologies and environments. He draws on the documentary and the speculative, negotiating actuality, self-awareness and unknowableness.

Paolo is a 2020/2021 Fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude. He was a 2019/2020 Research Fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut. He was artist-in-residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht (2017/18).

Paolo is a Tutor in the Studio for Immediate Spaces (Sandberg Instituut) and Research Associate at the Research Center for Material Culture. He was Associate Reader and Tutor at the Design Academy Eindhoven from 2017 to 2021. He holds a PhD in Architecture from Politecnico di Milano.

He designed the scenographies of Reset Modernity! co-curated by Bruno Latour at ZKM (Karlsruhe) and within Shanghai Project. He collaborated with the Programme d’Expérimentation en Arts Politiques (SPEAP) at Sciences Po (Paris), and taught at The New School’s Parsons Paris.
He contributed to the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia in 2018. He led the collaborative project commissioned by MAO and Moderna Galerija for BIO26, the 26th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana. He exhibited at IMPAKT Festival, MCBA Musée cantonal des beaux‑arts Lausanne, kunstgewerbemuseum in Dresden, Izolyatsia in Kiev, A School of Schools the 4th Instanbul Biennial of Design, BIO 50 the 24th Design Biennial in Ljubljana, Adhocracy Athens, RMIT Gallery in Melbourne, TodaysArt in The Hague, Haus der Architektur in Graz, Van Eyck in Maastricht. While a visiting doctoral researcher at MIT, he exhibited at MoMA in New York, MAXXI in Rome and Gwangju Design Biennale with Senseable City Lab.

He participated in the New Museum’s IdeasCity, Future Architecture PlatformBioart Society – Field Notes (FI), Collaborative Arts Partnership Program (FI), THAV Treasure Hill (TW), New Europeans – the arts and design programme of the Netherlands Presidency of the Council of the EU in 2016.

He has published on journals and magazines, including Design Issues (MIT Press Journal) and Visual Studies. He has led workshops at V–A–C Zattere, ZKM, Instanbul Design Biennial, Strelka Institute, Transmediale, SALT Institute, z33, Willem de Kooning Academie, Domus Academy, NABA.



Copenhagen, DK
Amsterdam, NL

c/o Akademie Schloss Solitude
Stuttgart, DE


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