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"Emotions and senses generate the shape of a map,
but it's more than a map."


the artist Philippe Halaburda walking in his outdoor art installation

Philippe Halaburda

B. 1972, Meaux, France

Following a drifting process (derive),
I sense emotions or memories perceived in natural or urban landscapes
to emphasize interpersonal connections in abstract maps.


Each artwork presents a sophisticated arrangement of geometric forms and planes that overlap and open onto one another, creating the illusion of environments in flux.

Duplication and accumulation in my artworks suggest a mental space including spiritual and autobiographical encodings. These patterns of thoughts are now in a different transcendence by approaching the border with architecture.

Based on a drifting process, I sense the invisible interactions between psychology and environments. This accessible mode of exploration inspired by psychogeography is the creative source in the development of abstract paintings. 

Initially figurative, my art has become increasingly abstract over the last three decades. I create map art and installations that challenge traditional ideas about space and place in urban art and engage in meaningful connections between individuals and the places they inhabit.

My experimental art, 'geographic abstraction,' challenges
the creative norms. I show how thinking can be mapped and how the spatial experience combines personal narratives
and collective psychology.  

Elements of traditional cartography, such as topography,  are added to memories, emotions, or cultural and historical references.  
By incorporating personal and subjective elements,
the open-ended map can voice underrepresented perspectives and reveal hidden aspects of the urban environment.  

I search for how to visualize our thinking process through
a stark new language of absolute geometries.

This emotional framework brings the viewer as
a participant in this drifting experience.   

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