Chiasmus and sceneries for all senses: - the hidden possible at Faaborg Museum. A Visual Essay

Fátíma Pombo, Anna Marie Fisker

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Based upon the bonds between architecture and phenomenology,
this text aims to contribute to the debate about the space museum as
a scenery to explore atmospheres to an embodied experienceboth
of the specific space and of the works of art displayed. The concept
of chiasmus (Merleau-Ponty, Le Visible et l’Invisible) appears
as an order of reality that invites the experience of all senses
instead the concept of in-between (l’entre-deux: Merleau-Ponty,
Phénoménologie de la Perception) which still includes duality.
Chiasmus emphasizes that the being is enmeshed in the space,
recalling, according to our interpretation, what Deleuze refers to
with the termsmilieu [middle/amidst/surroundings/medium] and
devenir [becoming].
The result of our analyses is a critical visual essay. The invitation and
permission to explore the Faaborg Museum’s phenomenological
potential within the theoretical framework abovementioned —
and to pass between its past and presence— is based on a series of
photographs by the architectural photographer Hélène Binet, with
the themes: A Walk, the Furniture, Passages, Details and the Art.
Our choice of the critical visual essay intends to letthe visual
elements of the essay form an integral part of our interpretations
and readingsabout this specific interior design. The visual essay also
allows to recollect and to debate the concept of chiasmus in the
context of the space museum. The discussion about the museum’s
architectural elements that allow to explore atmospheres involves
a process that in coalesce produce a compelling work where
images, photographs, exhibited art and writings play an essential
and important role in shaping an intellectual critical inquiry.
Original languageEnglish
Article number20
Journal Kepes Journal, Visual Design Study Group
Issue number20
Pages (from-to)153
Number of pages168
Publication statusPublished - 2019


  • Atmosphere
  • Rehearsal visual critic
  • Faaborg Museum
  • Phenomenology of space
  • Chiasmus

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