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4th Space Residency 



Situating Critical Performance Design Practices in the City

was an experimental research-creation residency hosted by Concordia's 4th Space, that brought together interdisciplinary artist-researchers, designers and scholars, located on four continents (North America, South America, Europe and Oceania), working across the fields of Performance Studies, Design, Architecture and Scenography, Urbanism and Activism. Over the course of 5 days collaborators engaged collectively—and publicly— with performance design as an inclusive body of critical urban spatial practices. The residency itself became a site to assemble our research, research questions, and re/orient ourselves and collaborations across multiple times and spaces. Our open lab activities took the form of performative engagements with a variety of media and materials, sound and video artworks, scales and spaces, remote and in situ a/synchronous salons, networking sessions, workshops, and live broadcasts. 


The project was led by Dr Shauna Janssen, Concordia University Research Chair in Performative Urbanism and was funded by a Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council Insight Development Grant.


Collaborating Artist Researchers

Jacob Caines

Lisa Marie DiLiberto

Amanda Gutiérrez

Katrina Jurjans

Kévin Pinvidic

Anne-Audrey Remarais

christian scott

Alex Tigchelaar

Project Director - Shauna Janssen

Research Coordination - Joanna Donehower

Project Management - Rebecca Durocher

Documentation - Matilda Ceroni

Projection Mapping Consultation -

PotatocakesDigital,  Andrew Scriver & Emily Soussana




Dorita Hannah, PhD,  is a trans-disciplinary researcher, artist, performance designer and theatre architect whose practice includes designing and curating live events, installations and exhibitions, while focusing on performance space and spatial performativity. She is Adjunct Professor with the University of Auckland (NZ), University of Tasmania (Australia) and Aalto University (Finland). She writes on the intersection of the visual, spatial, performing and culinary arts, especially in relation to the event as a driver of experience. Publications include Performance Design (2008) and Event-Space: Theatre Architecture & the Historical Avant-Garde (2018).

Kristine Samson, PhD, is an urbanist and associate professor at Performance Design, Roskilde University, Denmark. She has written articles on performative and situated practices in urban space with an interest in how informal practices intervene in, and potentially transform the city. In the Performative Urbanism projects, she explores how we can work with a sympoetic and collaborative approaches to engaging non-humans, multispecies and the yet unknown.


Rodrigo Tisi, PhD,  is an architect and holds a Masters in Architecture from Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (1999) and a Ph.D. on Performance Studies from Tisch School of Arts, New York University (2011). He has collaborated in several multidisciplinary projects crossing boundaries between art and architecture. In 2010, and during the chilean bicentennial, Tisi was the curator of SCL 2110, a project of art, architecture and performance that for the very first-time integrated collaborations between art, architecture and performance in Chile. He recently was the creative director and curator of special projects for the XX Biennial of Architecture and Urbanism of Chile: "Unpostponable Dialogues" realized at the Cultural Park of Valparaíso, 2017. Rodrigo Tisi is currently an associate professor and director of creative research at the Design Lab of Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez – UAI.

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