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this space
is for you/
cet espace 
est pour toi


 

Creative director:
Shauna Janssen

Creative team:
Kévin Pinvidic
Olivia McGilChrist
Ricardo Morejon

 

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Site - Veletržní palác, Prague

The Performance Space Exhibition program for PQ23 will take place at the Veletržní palác. Site-specific content for our virtual performance space features the functionalist architectural style of the Veletržní palác (constructed in 1928). Formerly used as Trade Fair Palace, since 1995 the building has been home to Prague's National Gallery and the exhibition of modern art. The site is also host and haunted by contested spatial histories. In 1949 the site was occupied by the Nazis and as a location to hold Jews before transporting them to concentration camps. In 1974 the building burnt down. 

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this space is for you/ cet espace est pour toi is a conceptual place and mixed reality experience for considering how virtuality performs ‘refugia’ (meaning renewal), and institutional reorientations for thinking and practicing performance design and architecture in a post-pandemic future. 

 

In Donna Haraway’s words ‘refugia’ is a place of regeneration “from which diverse species assemblages (with or without people) can be reconstituted after major events.” (2016, 159) 

 

We have been invited to create a mixed reality site-specific installation for the Prague Quadrennial of Performance, Design and Space (PQ 2023 edition), within the context of the Performance Space exhibition themed “acts of assembly.”

<<Performance spaces create new realities. They allow artists to fully coalesce with the technologies and materials used. They provoke an audience to think critically, to engage in art and give artists ground to express themselves. This forum asks to consider how the post-pandemic world will treat the performance spaces as platforms enabling communication and encounter. We will investigate newly emerging virtual spaces and their effects on the communities that assemble there.>>

- Andrew Filmer, Curator Performance Space Exhibition PQ23

With this space is for you/ set espace cet pour toi  we draw inspiration from what Elizabeth Grosz refers to as ‘virtuality’ (Architecture from the Outside, 2006) - an interruption of the habitual relationship between bodies and environments (i.e stages/ venues we perform on, audiences and publics we interact with), and with virtuality as a “pluriversal” worlding (Arturo Escobar 2020).

 

Our research creation process engages with archival materials, site-specific methods (attuning our selves to the spatial history of our site), and the dramaturgy of 3D scanning processes (with applications such as Polycam), and the use of volumetric capture (DepthKit). this space is for you/ cet espace est pour toi will be experienced with a Varjo-XR3 headset.

Our work is supported by Zù + Concordia University's Creative Research Residency, with funding from the Office of the Vice President, Research & Graduate Studies, and the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).

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