VIDEO | Monsieur Space on building theatre today

JEAN-GUY LECAT ON BUILDING THEATRE TODAY: “The difference between a true space and one that is not lies in the criteria that favours or disfavours life. That which favours this concentration is thus legitimate while that which shies away from it is not. Read More

PERFORMANCE DESIGN? | Ghost train from Bulgaria speeds through Berlin

HR-Stamenov’s The Phenomenon of W24°58’59,43″ N42°07’55,29″ is very much a site-specific, media, sound and light installation. This time, he toys with the image of a ghost metro train which has traveled throughout Europe and suddenly appears in Berlin. It ignores physics, gaps between buildings, space and time. Read More

BUT IS IT PERFORMANCE DESIGN? | Tino Sehgal’s “This situation” dreamily implicates the art experience, and quite likely elite academia itself

“The situation” is purely experiential, engaging viewers immediately in real time and space to implore a questioning of the art experience, and experience itself. If “This situation” is not a work of performance design, I don’t know what is. It is not surprising to learn that Sehgal is a trained choreographer; he composes what is then physically interpreted by non-actors, actors and dancers, and in the case of “This Situation,” intellectuals. Read More

CONFERENCE ON BREAKING BOUNDARIES | The early marriage of Theater, Architecture and the Visual Arts

This conference, “Ephemeral and Permanent,” focuses on the interrelations of the visual arts and the dramatic arts in Rome broadly between 1300 and 1700. In this context, scenography and pageantry apparatus were as much the domain of visual artists as painting, sculpture, and architecture. Read More

PHOTO GALLERY | Road to opening night of “From the Edge: Performance Design in the Divided States of America”

This slideshow documents the second part of the process. We want to share the work we did in Prague to Americans. We wanted a gallery environment in New York to house the works. And we hope to inspire the next batch of curators and producers to create their own USA national space for the 2015 Prague Quadrennial.
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CURATORIAL ESSAY | From the Edge: Performance Design in the Divided States of America

I would go so far to say that, after post-structuralism, communication is now the dominant force in design innovations. PQ provides designers with an international art-based platform where they can wrest back the current valorization of time-based performance modes, which visual artists have ruthlessly co-opted for their own ends Read More

INTERVIEW Part 2 | From the Edge: Active Searching & The Value of the Prague Quadrennial

“These events, on a practical level, raise the public’s level of awareness of the importance of good creative design. They affirm the professionalism and creativity of outstanding designers and theater architects. And these events have demonstrated an economic impact to the countries that host them.” Read More

INTERVIEW Part 3 | From the Edge: Performance Design in the Divided States of America

“What does Kansas mean for PQ? If designers in Kansas, Missouri and other parts of the Midwest are not willing to play in an international art environment such as PQ, then they will be seriously left behind the curve. They might as well be mice trapped in someone else’s art experiment and running in circles.” Read More

Postcards from the Inge interview, Part 3 | A Ripple Effect

The following interview originally appeared in Postcards from the Inge, a blog. It is re-posted here with the kind permission of the author. Interview by AMANDA WHITE THIETJE Well, here it is, friends—the final installment of the Randy Gener trilogy.  Thank you for tuning in this week to read Randy’s words, and many thanks to Mr. Gener… Read More

BUT IS IT PERFORMANCE DESIGN? | Lesbian herstory emerges at Brooklyn Museum

Ulrike Müller’s conceptual project, “Herstory Inventory” is a theatrical installation. It pushes together two sets of created inventory: new art inspired by the Lesbian Herstory Archive, and museum objects from the Brooklyn Museum where it is presently on view through September 9, 2012. Read More

Currently in production | Play excerpt, models, design sketches for Pacific Beat Collective’s “Tala” at HERE Arts Center, July 28 to 31

“Tala” will perform in a workshop production July 28th to 31st at HERE Arts Center in downtown SoHo in New York City. The play, a work-in-progress, is a critique on the nature of political revolutions. Click here to read a play excerpt and see the work of the designers and actors as they prepare for the production. Read More