- Emotional - Emilio Moreno, Lisa Feldman Barrett, Joan Fontcuberta, Garbiñe Biurrun, Eloy Fernández Porta, Christian Salmon , Martí Manen, Ana Pfaff, Amparo Lasén, Antonio A. García , Daniel Vanello, Clara Amaral, Lola Cañamero, Franziska Rautenberg, Sara Hidalgo de Orellán | Tabakalera - Donostia / San Sebastián
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A project by Emilio Moreno

EMOTIONAL is a public programme that reflects on the crossroads between emotions, storytelling (audiovisual, political, corporate, etc.) and social relations.

EMOTIONAL brings together the most intimate and most public by discussing research spanning from how our brains work, to the relationship between emotions, societal values, and the law. We will discuss robots and emotions and learn how the emotional profile of the Basque working class was forged. We will talk about emoticons, photography, human bodies and faces; about love in the age of capital; about how a film editor creates a dramatic arch, and about embarrassment (felt for others). We will practice vulnerable honesty while learning how to communicate non-violently.

Through various disciplines, international specialists will share their experience in the fields of neuroscience, psychology, artificial intelligence, jurisprudence, philosophy, history, photography, cinema, humour, art, performance, essay-writing, sociology, and non-violent communication.

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M.25 > T. 26 16:00-19:00 Franziska Rautenberg, NonViolent Communication. The Emotions: Stormy and Colourful Signals



T.26 19:00 Lola Cañamero: Modelling emotions in autonomous robots to understand human emotions

X.27 17:30- 19:00 Ana Pfaff: The face screams a gust of wind

TH.28 19:00 Joan Fontcuberta: Post-photographic constructions of expression

F.29 17:30 Talk-discussion: Martí Manen and Emilio Moreno: Approaching from the emotional

F.29 19:00 Christian Salmon: Giants of the web: a machine for recounting and synchronising emotions...

SA.30 11:00 Talk-discussion: Sara Hidalgo and Eloy Fernández-Porta: Political emotions in the Basque working class and feminist sensology

SA.30 12:30 Talk-discussion: Garbiñe Biurrun and Daniel Vanello: Emotions, Values, and Law

SA. 30 16:30 Lisa Feldman Barrett: Emotions: Fact vs Fiction

SA. 30 18:00 Sociología Ordinaria (Amparo Lasén and Antonio A. García): The circuits of shame



F. 29  11:00 12:00 13:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 Clara Amaral: Do you remember that time we were together and danced this or that dance?

SA.30  11:00 12:00 13:00 17:00 18:00 19:00 Clara Amaral: Do you remember that time we were together and danced this or that dance?

SA.30 20:00 Eloy Fernández-Porta: You know how you should feel



M.25 - SU.1 Arthur Elsenaar and Remko Scha: Face Shift

M.25 - SU.1 Mika Taanila: Thank You for The Music – A Film about Muzak


Participants: Lisa Feldman Barrett, Garbiñe Biurrun, Joan Fontcuberta, Eloy Fernández Porta, Christian Salmon, Martí Manen, Ana Pfaff, Sociología Ordinaria, Mika Taanila, Daniel Vanello, Clara Amaral, Lola Cañamero, Franziska Rautenberg, Arthur Elsenaar and Sara Hidalgo. 

  • Date: Monday, 25 November 2019 > Saturday, 30 November 2019



Lisa Feldman Barrett

University Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University

Joan Fontcuberta

Artist and essayist

Garbiñe Biurrun

President of the Social Chamber of the Superior Court of Justice of the Basque Country

Eloy Fernández Porta

Essayist and Spoken Word artist

Christian Salmon

Literary theorist and intellectual commentator of political life

Martí Manen


Ana Pfaff

Film Editor

Amparo Lasén

Sociologist (Sociología Ordinaria)

Antonio A. García

Sociologist (Sociología Ordinaria)

Daniel Vanello


Clara Amaral

Artist and performer

Lola Cañamero

Professor of Adaptive Systems (Artificial Intelligence) and director of the “Embodied Emotion, Cognition and (Inter-)Action” laboratory.

Franziska Rautenberg

Psychologist and NonViolent Communication Teacher

Sara Hidalgo de Orellán

Historian (of emotions)