Session #2: Modeling Tyrannies and Turbulences
Michiel Huijben & Paolo Patelli

Online Workshop & Talk

30.03.2020 – 16.04.2020

Rib is pleased to announce the second session of Taming the Horror Vacui: Modeling Tyrannies and Turbulences. Models require and facilitate abstract thinking and this brings them close to ideals, but can these ideals ever be fulfilled? How does the promise of perfection inherent in models, regulate our relationship to our gritty realities—from the scale our bodies to our cities?

Artist Haseeb Ahmed and Rib invites artist Michiel Huijben to give a public workshop on 30 March 2020 during which we will construct spatial models of a concept given by Huijben.

On 16 April 2020, Paolo Patelli, an artist, researcher and architect, responds to the question “What role do models play in constructing the experience of our material realities?” in an online talk.

These events are part of the 1.5-year-long program Taming the Horror Vacui which broadly takes up the role of the wind in our lives. Models of city masterplans and buildings are used in wind tunnels to anticipate how they will effect and be effected by the wind. However, architectural models are used to project into and determine the future or reconstruct distant pasts. How do models and wind tunnels both relate to a broader attempt to wrestle with uncertainty?

The traces of the interaction that happens between the invited participants, the neighbourhood, the public, and Ahmed are retained by this installation at Rib. The evolving installation acts as a pedestal to host this interaction with our invited participants and these key questions. The Library of the Winds is now erect as river reeds are animated by circulating winds who’s face, we can finally see under specific conditions constructed at Rib.

Schedule Session #2
Workshop by Michiel Huijben
30.03.2020, 18:00-21:00
If you wish to participate, please RSVP to

Online talk by Paolo Patelli
16.04.2020, 18:00-20:00
Zoom Meeting

Michiel Huijben is an artist departing from architecture and its objects to create texts, performance lectures and videos. Through these media he searches for ways to intervene in the seemingly rigid and unchangeable architecture of our immediate environment. He studied Fine Art at the St. Joost Academy in Breda (BFA) and the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam (MFA), where he finished in 2008. In 2013, he did a short track residency at De Ateliers in Amsterdam, followed by an MA in architectural history and theory at the Cass, London. Shortly afterwards, he started the publishing project Flat i. In recent years his work has been presented at, among others: UMPRUM, Prague; Kunsthalle Basel; Centre Culturel Suisse, Paris; die Angewandte, Vienna; De Appel, Amsterdam; W-O-L-K-E, Brussels; Stadsschouwburg, Amsterdam; Min-, Rotterdam; Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp; Matt’s Gallery, London; and That Might Be Right, Brussels. He has lectured at several institutions and currently teaches artistic research and writing at the Willem de Kooning Academy in Rotterdam, where he lives and works.

Paolo Patelli is an architect, artist, and researcher. Through often collaborative enquiries, he engages critically and by design with the materialities, scenes and atmospheres at the intersections of space and society, technologies and environments. Patelli has exhibited internationally, including in the Dutch Pavilion at the 16th International Architecture Exhibition La Biennale di Venezia in 2018. He led a collaborative project commissioned by MAO and Moderna Galerija for BIO26, the 26th Biennial of Design in Ljubljana. He has a research position at the Design Academy Eindhoven (Associate Lecturer Places and Traces), he is a Tutor at the Studio for Immediate Spaces at the Sandberg Instituut and a 2019/2020 Research Fellow at Het Nieuwe Instituut. He holds a PhD from Politecnico di Milano. Patelli lives and works in Amsterdam.