Rebuild Talk: Pietro Rigolo


Getty Research Institute archivist Pietro Rigolo presents a lecture on art, empathy and subjectivity in response to Rebuild’s Intention to Know: The Thought Forms of Annie Besant.

This lecture shift the focus of the exhibition from the art of thought forms to mental processes and their modes of operation, one of the main concerns in Annie Besant’s writings. Rigolo argues that the theory of thought forms was pointing towards an idea of embodied intersubjectivity and empathy, in which thinking and feeling are presented as a shared, intra-bodily experience.

Pietro Rigolo studied at IUAV University in Venice and got a PhD from Istituto Italiano di Scienze Umane / Università di Siena. In January 2013 he joined the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles where he is researching and archiving the Harald Szeemann papers and other contemporary art collections.