Observational, Experimental,
Collaborative, Situated
Postdoc at Aarhus University
Critical Environmental Data
Paolo Patelli (1984) manipulates architecture, research and artistic practice. His work is scaffolded in observations, excavations and mediations in lived space, media and archives. Through artistic methods and collaborative enquiries, he engages with the materialities, scenes and atmospheres at the intersections of space and society, technologies and environments.

Paolo is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at Aarhus University, where he investigates the architectural contexts of environmental data construction through multi-modal methods, as part of the Design and Aesthetics for Environmental Data project headed by Jussi Parikka.

He was a Research Associate at the Research Center for Material Culture (2020-22), a 2020/2021 Fellow at the Akademie Schloss Solitude; a 2019/2020 Research Fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut; artist-in-residence at the Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht in 2017/18; IdeasCity Fellow at the New Museum (2016).

He holds a PhD in Architecture and Urban Design from Politecnico di Milano (2015). He collaborated with the Programme d’Expérimentation en Arts Politiques (SPEAP) directed by Bruno Latour at Sciences Po (2016–2018), and taught at The New School’s Parsons Paris. He was a tutor and associate lector at the Design Academy Eindhoven (2017–2021) and a core tutor in the Studio for Immediate Spaces (Sandberg Instituut, 2019–2022).
He contributed to the Helsinki Biennial in 2023, to Gudskul‘s program for documenta fifteen in 2022, to the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia in 2018. He led a collaborative project commissioned by MAO and MG+MSUM for BIO26, the 26th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana. He exhibited at Het Nieuwe Instituut, arc en rêveIMPAKT Festival, MCBA Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts Lausanne, Kunstgewerbemuseum, 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, Alcova in Milano, 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 Future Architecture Platform (EU), Bioart 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 published on journals and magazines, including Design Issues (MIT Press Journal) and Visual Studies. He has led workshops at ZKM, Instanbul Design Biennial, Strelka Institute, Transmediale, V–A–C Zattere, SALT Institute, z33, Willem de Kooning Academie, Domus Academy, NABA.


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