Performing Architecture

PERFORMING ARCHITECTURE

PERFORMING ARCHITECTURE is a programme created by the Goethe‐Institut. At the interface between architecture, choreography and the performing arts PERFORMING ARCHITECTURE in the context of the International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia opens up new spaces of thinking and experiencing. 

From 26.05. – 29.10.2016 during the 15th International Architecture Exhibition the programme transformed the urban space of Venice into a stage for artistic encounters, visions and explorations. The programme took place at the Chiesa della Misericordia in Venice and picked up cues from the exhibition at the German Pavilion „Making Heimat. Germany, Arrival Country“ and the Biennale’s motto „Reporting from the Front“: How do we sink into the experienced and built reality of our cities? How do we encounter other people in this reality? Which values do they negotiate, which living spaces, which experiential spaces? What ideas of Heimat do they carry?

The Artists of Performing Architecture 2016 Fabrice Mazliah, Johan Bettum, Björn Bicker, Malte Jelden and Michael Graessner, among others, developed experimental formats to explore these questions, made encounters possible and created fleeting places of exchange, which playfully shifted boundaries and challenged habituated forms and patterns of thought. By interacting with other art forms, architecture became a sensory experience and revealed a new social relevance.

In Act and Thought - A Score for Six Performers. Dance-Performance by Fabrice Mazliah

Fabrice Mazliah has created a new version of his piece In Act and Thought for six performers for PERFORMING ARCHITECTURE. How can the common understanding acquired by a group, be shared with the public, and simultaneously develop something new? In In Act and Thought as a „guided-tour“ the performers produced real and imaginary encounters together with the onlookers.

  •  © Goethe-Institut, Photo: Federico Sutera
  •  © Goethe-Institut, Photo: Federico Sutera
  •  © Goethe-Institut, Photo: Federico Sutera
  •  © Goethe-Institut, Photo: Federico Sutera
  •  © Goethe-Institut, Photo: Federico Sutera
  •  © Goethe-Institut, Photo: Federico Sutera
  •  © Goethe-Institut, Photo: Federico Sutera
  •  © Goethe-Institut, Photo: Federico Sutera
  •  © Goethe-Institut, Photo: Federico Sutera

ARCH+ features #50. Discussion

In conjunction with the opening of the Architecture Biennale at 28th may 2016, architects Arno Brandlhuber and Christian Kerez discussed their contributions to this year’s Biennale with philosopher Armen Avanessian, photographer Erica Overmeer, and film director Christopher Roth. Foregrounding this discussion were two issues that ARCH+ has prepared together with Arno Brandlhuber and Christian Kerez especially for the Architecture Biennale.

  •  © ARCH+, Photo: Rachele Maistrello
  •  © ARCH+, Photo: Rachele Maistrello
  •  © ARCH+, Photo: Rachele Maistrello
  •  © ARCH+, Photo: Rachele Maistrello

Culinary Lessons. Salon-Conversation

Culinary Lessons is a conversation series, which explores culinary art in interdisciplinary terms and as a canvas from which valuable lessons may be learned for architecture. On 29th may 2016 the guests Jan Åman, Johan Bettum, Daniel Birnbaum, Sanford Kwinter, Fabrice Mazliah, Tobias Rehberger explored the historic and contemporary aspects of these relationships as a tableaux for artistic and architectonic interests. 

In cooperation with SAC – Städelschule Architecture Class

  •  © Goethe-Institut, Photo: Federico Sutera
  •  © Goethe-Institut, Photo: Federico Sutera
  •  © Goethe-Institut, Photo: Federico Sutera
  •  © Goethe-Institut, Photo: Federico Sutera
  •  © Goethe-Institut, Photo: Federico Sutera
  •  © Goethe-Institut, Photo: Federico Sutera

The Veddel Embassy: Representing Germany Performance

For PERFORMING ARCHITECTURE 2016 artists Björn Bicker and Malte Jelden found The Veddel Embassy in Venice together with many residents of the quarter Veddel and represented Germany: multicultural and multi-religious, full of conflicts and unresolved issues, full of joy and excitement at the diversity. From 18th to 22th October 2016 people were invited to think about living together in Europe. During a whole week, guests to the Embassy cooked together, played and prayed together, enacted plays, played music and discussed. Everybody was welcomed to become ambassador of diversity. 

In cooperation with Deutsches SchauSpielHaus and Evangelisch Lutherischer Kirchenkreis Hamburg-Ost.

Performing Architecture

CONVIVIUMEPULUM. Performance by Fabrice Mazliah in collaboration with Johan Betum

CONVIVIUMEPULUM, Latin for “living together” and “public celebration” brought together Venetians and guests from abroad to prepare various dishes for a culinary-discursive evening. Against the backdrop of Venice’s history, CONVIVIUMEPULUM melted foreign and local traditions, cooking, by recipe or improvised, and performing art. CONVIVIUMEPULUM happened at 29th October 2016 as a choreographed Food‐Performance, which addressed questions on production channels and local nutritional resources and enquired into how food determines our socio-cultural and historic identity. 

  • Conviviumepulum - Choreographed Food-Performance | 29th October 2016 © Federico Sutera
    Conviviumepulum - Choreographed Food-Performance | 29th October 2016
  • Conviviumepulum - Choreographed Food-Performance | 29th October 2016 © Federico Sutera
    Conviviumepulum - Choreographed Food-Performance | 29th October 2016
  • Conviviumepulum - Choreographed Food-Performance | 29th October 2016 © Federico Sutera
    Conviviumepulum - Choreographed Food-Performance | 29th October 2016

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Performing Architecture 2014

The Goethe-Institut contributed for the first time an extended programme to the International Architecture Exhibition in Venice: performances and installations from William Forsythe, the dance artist-trio MAMAZA, the collective Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and from the video and theatre makers Daniel Kötter and Constanze Fischbeck reflected the permeance of arts and architecture.

On June 6 2014 the programme of the Goethe-Institut Performing Architecture opened at the German Pavilion with the acoustic performance Birds, Bonn 1964, which was created by William Forsythe solely for this Architecture Biennale. The performance was an extension to the contribution of German Pavilion commissioners Alex Lehnerer and Savvas Ciriacidis.

With Performing Architecture the Goethe-Institut picked up Rem Koolhaas’ approach to think about the interdisciplinary connection between architecture – space – performative arts. The aim of the programme was to open up special areas for experience to the speculative realities of architecture. From 5 June to 23 November 2014 performances and installations took place at the German Pavilion, at the Teatro Fondamenta Nuove and in various other public spaces in the city of Venice.

Salon-Conversation in cooperation with German Pavilion and the Architecture Class of the Städelschule Frankfurt with Johan Bettum (Städelschule Frankfurt), Mark Wigley (Columbia University New York), Daniel Birnbaum (Moderna Museet Stockholm), Fabrice Mazliah (MAMAZA Frankfurt / Geneva), William Forsythe (Frankfurt), Sanford Kwinter (Harvard University Cambridge) a.o.
Sound Work

The choreographer William Forsythe developed the acoustic performance Birds, Bonn 1964, for the BUNGALOW GERMANIA, the German Pavilion in Venice, in cooperation with Alex Lehnerer and Savvas Ciriacidis. The singing of the birds, which lived in the park of the Chancellor’s Residence in Bonn, was sung live by Italian bird-song-singers at the opening of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition – la Biennale di Venezia.
 
Concert and Video-Installation by Neue Vocalsolisten Stuttgart and Daniel Kötter / Constanze Fischbeck in cooperation with Teatro Fondamenta Nuove

For “Mediterranean Voices”, twelve composers from twelve countries between Spain and Egypt and between Syria and Morocco were invited to develop a project about the Mediterranean region with the Neue Vocalsolisten, the video artist Daniel Kötter and the Greek architect Sofia Dona – an artistic space that would give an idea of the themes and dynamics of this region. The juxtaposition of music and architecture became the backdrop to explore intercultural representation of identity. Video artist Daniel Kötter, who together with the singers has travelled in the twelve countries, stages a 2-part-video installation to show the composer’s artistic and cultural situation as well as architectonic, social and political views on the Mediterranean.
“state-theatre” is a set of case-studies by Daniel Kötter which explored the value and relation based on architectural transformation. In a project co-funded by the Goethe-Institut, the two artists visited abandoned and reinterpreted sites in Lagos, Teheran, Berlin, Detroit, Beirut and Mönchengladbach — urban sites which were originally meant as gathering places and once served as monuments of national identity. Their work is a unique presentation of intercultural links and at the same time an enquiry into where actually performance happens/ happened in state-made theatres.
“Asingelines” is a performance in which the choreographer trio MAMAZA creates a red line weaving through the public spaces of Venice. This choreography invites spectators to participate actively. An exhibition brings to life earlier “Asingelines” in various cities of South Africa, Europe and the Middle East.
“Garden State” is a community art project, created by MAMAZA and the residents of Venice who were asked to bring a potted plant as a loan to become part of the installation. It explores social and urban topics using artistic practices from
dance, performance and installation. Permanent rearrangement, mutating light and sound, and events throughout the day transform the spot into a gathering architecture for plants and people.

 


Supported by: Auswärtigen Amtes, BHF Bank Stiftung, Canada Council for Arts, Department Genéve, FFT Düsseldorf, Künstlerhauses Mousonturm, Kulturamtes der Stadt Frankfurt, Kulturfonds FrankfurtRM, Kulturstiftung des Bundes, MIGROS, Musik der Jahrhunderte, NPN - Nationales Performance Network, proHelvetia, Schloss Solitude, Ernst von Siemens Stiftung, The Forsythe Company, Fritz Thyssen Stiftung e Ville Genéve

Martin Baasch - Project management and coordination

Bungalow Germania – Performing Architecture 2014