Performa

Projects

Performa 15_Reduced

Performing Architecture requires structures
and geometry defined by dynamic movement of theatrical elements. The theater is reduced to: stage, curtain, set, audience, light, and performer. Detaching the elements from their traditional configurations all ows recombining and shifting orientations, accomodating innovative programs and forming an interactive relationship between audien ce and action. Reversing traditional relationships turns the theater inside out: backstage becomes audience, audience becomes performance, etc.: Clear typologies merge. Theater becomes a form of spatial urbanism, with organic functions and configurations. Performa 2015 is consciously a dramatic setting for the more sublimated urges of human culture. The [hub] fosters art and is art; the [hub] creates the theater and is the theater. [Performance architecture] intensifies and underlines the gestures of the actors and the ac tion of the play. To embody these new possibilities, or modes of participation, and to dramatize the activities themselves in appropriate, urban structures, forms the task of the Performa Hub 2015. Stage: Solid: The stage acts as a static dynamic solid, able to move vertically, but not horizontally, around which the program and other elements orbit. Performance modes: As a stage it accomodates multiple performances simultaneously, or creates a raised lounge; while as a table it creates a large workshop space. Curtain: Plane: The curtain divides and subdivides space, retracts and expands to accomodate various modes of performance and recreate the exciting moment when the curtain opens. Set: Frame: The set reflects and projects the elements of performance, collapsing audience and action: the audience acts as part of the performance. Audience: Void: The audience becomes part of the performance space…inhabiting the void around the stage. Performance modes: Group: As stepped seating it creates an elevated viewing platform for 40, dynamic in its ability to open, rotate and pivot in plan, creating multiple entry points for performers and constantly shift the relationship between audience and action; Individual: As a movable stool, the audience is singular. Performer: Point: The performers act as the force moving all elements, the energy of matter. Light: Particle: Projecting and illuminating space, independent from, yet defining form. The elements, in combination, create a fourth dimension of expressive temporality, a new dimension, or mode of experience. The place [the hub], defined by the action and interaction of it s elements creates a landscape changing over the course of time, constantly reconstructing the lost/ last moments, reflecting and inviting reflection.