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The Museum of Feelings

Irina Cherkasskih & Ekaterina Solovets

Works of art, be it a poem, a painting, a symphony, a performance, etc., always excite, cause people to have special emotional reactions.

Art pleases a person, gives pleasure and enjoyment, evokes empathy, encourages certain actions, teaches humanity, makes you think and reflect.

It is human nature to perceive, to be aware, to experience. Feelings and emotions are the wealth of the human soul. They help a person to understand what his relationship with life really is.

That's why I had the idea to design a Museum of feelings. The location of the museum is the city of Saint Petersburg. It is a cultural center of world importance with more than 300 years of history.

However, St. Petersburg has firmly established the fame of not only the most cultured, but also the most gloomy city of our country.

Therefore, the residents of the city need an emotional outburst.

The Museum of Feelings will be located on the Kanonersky Island of St. Petersburg. This is a museum complex consisting of several areas. Each area performs a specific function, causing certain feelings and emotions.

A person will be able to feel this or that beautiful and pleasant feeling especially well in contrast with an unpleasant one that creates discomfort.

But you can't plunge a person into melancholy from the start, you need to create a "preparatory step" with the help of neutral feelings, such as loneliness, empathy. The first space of Museum will evoke these feelings of visitors.

This space is a volume containing an "inviting moment" - some kind of portal that will create a sense of mystery and awaken a sense of curiosity.

The room is lowered below ground level, therefore, to get into it you need to go down the stairs. The staircase also has some functionality. The symbolic meanings of the ladder are based on the idea that climbing the ladder is a blessing, and descending is a misfortune.

After the entrance group, the visitor enters a room with tall, immense columns that do not come into contact with a person and overlap each other, confusing the person who is trying to find the entrance to the next space. Its peculiarity is that it does not cause bright feelings.

The atmosphere of the room causes loneliness, empathy for one, indifference or expectation for something for other. The ceiling becomes lower to the end of the room. There is a decrease in space. This technique awakens slight discomfort.

Finding a way out is not easy, but it is possible. The room is adjacent to the corridor, which is lower then ground level. To get there, the visitor reaches the end of the room with columns and descends the stairs, feeling the transition across the boundaries of different levels of existence – from the material world to another world, the spiritual world, the afterlife.

Going down, the visitor finds himself or herself in a long and dark corridor with no natural light. This space will cause a person the most negative feeling - fear.

A person should move along the corridor carefully, but quickly, trying to find a way out as soon as possible and get rid of the feeling of discomfort. Reaching the end of the corridor, a person observes a staircase up, which leads to nowhere, into a dark wall. There's nowhere to go. But then a door opens into another space, from which natural bright light pours. There is a way out!

Moving upwards, overcoming an obstacle in the form of a ladder, which embodies the ascent from darkness to light, from death to immortality, from the lowest to the highest, the visitor enters a large spacious room with a panoramic window through which a lot of light and heat flows. This room is associated with the most pleasant feelings - euphoria and joy. There is a surge of strength and lightness.

The space is increased by increasing the height of the ceiling. This technique also gives a feeling of movement to the sky, to higher forces. Looking out the window, a person will be able to observe the view of the sea surface. Seeing this, the visitor calms down and goes to the terrace, to the open space, reuniting with nature.
The visitor leaves the museum on the terrace.

Thus, a person does not go through this path in reverse order, leaving an aftertaste of pleasant feelings: inspiration, calmness and relaxation.

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