12th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art

Messy Glossary


Field of Emotion


Proposed by Feben Amara

Shame, joy, apathy, anger, being overwhelmed, fear, hopelessness, disgust, exhaustion, disillusion, depression, love, envy, contempt, hatred, restlessness, resignation, sadness, surprise, shock, hope, mania.

An emotion is

the transformation of an affect.

able to affect  your politics.

a representation of a nonconscious, unnamable experience.

a materialization of a physical sensation.

preformed, rehearsed, repeated.

a controversial matter.

legible, a sign within a cultural collective.

a symbolic process.

more than an emoji and less than an attitude.

something other than a feeling.