Performance and the City Symposium – Part 1

Lecture date: 2014-02-10

Out of the Black Box: Scripted Spaces, Immersive Theatre and Event Productions

Organised and hosted by Stefan Jovanovic and Takako Hasegawa

The symposium invites leading figures in creative fields in art, performance and theatre whose professional practice pushes various limits outside of the convention of the white cube and black box. The day will explore the creative endeavours in relation to the experience offered to the audience both in constructed spaces as well as in the urban context, addressing the role of scripted spaces in immersive theatre/environment.

Schedule for the day:

Ant Hampton – Autoteatro, Unrehearsed Performance and Shouting in Public Space

Mariana Pestana – Performing the Building: Architecture in Between

Fabien Riggall – Tell No One

Followed by a roundtable discussion chaired by Eva Franch I Gilabert + Carlos Villanueva Brandt (Dip 10)


Ant Hampton: founded Rotozaza – a performance often involving the use of instructions given to unrehearsed ‘guest’ performers. Since 2007 his practice has evolved into the ‘Autoteatro’ series, where the audience performs or embodies the work themselves (eg his recent collaboration with Tim Etchells, The Quiet Volume).

Mariana Pestana: is a Portuguese born, London based architecture designer and curator. She is a founding member of the art and architecture collective ‘The Decorators’, and recently curated the exhibition “ The Real and Other Fictions” for Close, Closer, 2013 Lisbon Architecture Triennale. She is currently a PhD candidate at the Bartlett School of Architecture, and an associate lecturer at Chelsea College of Arts and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design.

Fabien Riggall: conceived Secret Cinema in 2005. This immersive film production aims to bring the concepts of ‘experience’ back into the cinema-gong world. Specialising in bringing events to life through a unique fusion of film, improvised performances, detailed design and interactive multimedia.

David Rosenberg: as a theatre practitioner, he co- founded Shunt to pursue an interest in the role of an audience in theatrical productions. He has directed all the company shows including The Architects (based on the Greek minotaur myth), and recently he has been working with writer Glen Neath, making sound performances in the dark, the first of which: Ring. In his shows, audience members find themselves referred to increasingly more, until they become the subjects of the piece itself.

Jessica Grindstaff: the Artistic Director & Founder of Phantom Limb Company, together with Erik Sanko. She is a NYC-based artist, director and set designer who has been known as a creator of haunting, meticulously constructed music box dioramas and paintings in wax and chalkboard, as well as a jewellery line and on-going performance piece of prize ribbons and medals.

Felix Barrett and Maxine Doyle: the Artistic Director/Founder and Associate Director/ Choreographer of Punchdrunk, the company which has pioneered a game changing form of theatre in which roaming audiences experience epic storytelling inside sensory theatrical worlds. They blend classic texts, physical performance, award winning design installation and unexpected sites.

Eva Franch I Gilabert: is an Architect, researcher, curator, teacher, and founder of OOAA (office of architectural affairs). She is currently the director and chief curator of the Storefront for Art & Architecture in New York. Together with the OfficeUS, presented by Storefront, Franch has been selected by the State Department, jointly with a curatorial and design team, to represent the US at the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale.


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