This Visual Diary is an online “magazine” founded and edited by Chiara Rubessi. This magazine explores the different fields of investigation of design and reveals affinities and relationships through a point of view that starts from the practice of design to arrive at its in-depth analysis. Evolving its format over the years, the visual diary has become a platform for speculation and discussion for my work as a researcher and designer. Opened in 2010 as an immaterial repository, the visual diary broadened its content and is currently configured as a visual space in the design.

Well… how did I get here?

In 2016 Chiara Rubessi received a PhD in Arts & Humanities from UGA University Grenoble Alpes, France (thesis title Scénographie et esthétique: étude sur la conception de l’espace cinématographique supervisor Prof. Didier Coureau). She is an associate researcher at the University of Grenoble/Lab. Cinesthea and the University of Bucharest, CEREFREA Villa Noël.

She works as a designer and teacher.

She obtained her Master’s Degree [1] (Laurea Lettere Moderne, Facoltà di Lettere e Filosofia) from the University of Pavia in Cinema Studies and a further Master’s Specializing in Exhibition Design (2009) from the Politecnico di Milano. Her research focuses on the aesthetics of space (cinema, photography, exhibition, museum, urban space), with particular reference to the scenographic and architectural components. Her research interests also include digital transitions and the impact of technology on arts and design.

She was a teacher at the POLI. design Milano, ISIA Design Florence, ISIA Design Rome, Université Jean Monnet Saint-Etienne, Politecnico di Milano, IED-Istituto Europeo di Design-Firenze, Université de Lorraine-IECA-Nancy, ESDAC-Ecole de design-Aix-en-Provence, Università Ca’ Foscari-Venezia and Università Telematica eCampus-Novedrate.

Alongside her activity as an exhibit designer, she carries out a teaching and research activity between France and Italy. She published in several magazines and participated in various international seminars and conferences on cinema, visual arts and design.

She organized a conference Dea-Design d’espace/Allestimento/Exhibition design. Méthodes, Enjeux, Glissements conceptuels, Paris, 13.06/15.06 June 2019, Université Paris 8, ENSA Paris-Malaquais. She has also collaborated as a designer with the Department of Architecture Design (DPA) of the Milan Polytechnic and IDEA, the Italian Association of Exhibition Designers. Among other initiatives, she was the designer for the Edward Hopper art exhibition at the Museo della Fondazione Roma (2010).

She was the editor of the Italian online magazine of philosophy (finished in 2013) and a web platform for Interior Studies (2009-2010).


ORCID iD icon
[1] Majors: History of Modern Art, History of Contemporary Art, History and Criticism of Cinema, Theatre History (History of Greek and Latin Theater), Aesthetics, Italian Literature. Minors:  History of Philosophy, Romance Philology, History of the Italian Language, Medieval History, Contemporary History, Latin Literature, Geography, Pedagogy, Social Psychology, Archival  Studies, Bibliography.