PQ’15 Symposium Transformations of the Prague Quadrennial 1999-2015

This symposium will take place one year after the 13th edition of the Prague Quadrennial held in 2015 and aims to summarize the fundamental developments in the event over the last fifteen years. The symposium will have a special focus on PQ 2015, as well as explore the possibilities for the future of the Quadrennial. It will be held in the frame of the international project SharedSpace: Music Weather Politicsand it is one of the last event within the project.

In addition to the changes in quantity and size over the past decades, the Prague Quadrennial has undergone some major transformations from international ‘exhibition’ towards an ´event´ that includes many live performances, presentations, workshops and discussions. These events form a space for exchange of a wide range of scenographic (performance design) practices – from shaping performance environments to designing costumes, lighting, sound and multimedia for drama, opera and dance as well as ´expanded scenography´ genres such as site-specific, urban, embodied, immersive, interventionist and inter-medial performances. Prague Quadrennial today is an open platform for exploration and process in ´expanded scenography´, where professionals come to inspire and be inspired.

March 17 18, 2016

Archa Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic

Convener: Sodja Lotker, SharedSpace Artistic Director


THURSDAY — March 17th, 2016

9:00 – 10:00 Registration

10:00 – 10:30 Opening

Sodja Lotker, Arnold Aronson, Pavla Petrová, Daniela Pařízková

10:30 – 12:00 Session 1: Overview

moderated by Arnold Aronson

Joslin McKinney: Audiencing Scenography

Tatjana Dadić Dinulović: (Do Not) Look Back in Anger

Michael Spencer: Unleashing the Scenographic

Anne Karin Ten Bosch: Scenography Still Exists After 2015?

13:00 – 14:15 Session 2: Can There Be National Reflections on 2015?

moderated by Aby Cohen

Kabyl Khalykov: Human World: How Do We Create Art and How It Changes Us?

Lucy Thornett: Australia at the PQ: Scenographic Spaces between the National and International

Patrick Du Wors:Canadian Perspectives on the Prague Quadrennial: Impact, Inspiration, Representation and Future Visions

14:30 – 15:45 Session 3: Futures

moderated by Dorita Hannah

Masoomeh Alinejad Baroogh: A Futures Study of Visual Perception and Visual Technology in the Prague Quadrennial

Bibiana Puigdefàbregas: Digital Age – Scene in 21st Century

Susanna Clemente: Forms of Migration in Contemporary Theater

16:00 – 17:15 Session 4: Spatial and Architectural

moderated by Beth Weinstein

Sidsel Graffer: In Situ. In Vitro. In Vivo. The Work/Site Relationship within Production- and Presentation Axes

Leno Veras: Charting Maps: Explorations of a Moving World

Serge von Arx: The Loss Within Contemporary Architecture

TAAT: OOSP! Here It Is!

FRIDAY — March 18th, 2016

9:00 – 11:00 Session 5: Discussion about Czech Exposition and PQ in Czech Context

moderated by Markéta Fantová, Martin Bernátek

participate Jan Dušek, Marta Ljubková, Kamila Polívková, Jana Preková, Robert Smolík, Jan Štěpánek

11:15 – 12:45 Session 6: Transformations

moderated by Daniela Pařízková

Kate Burnett: The UK at PQ: Reflection and Renewal

Marina Maleni: PQest-ions

Stefania Cenean: Prague Quadrennial

Hadi Damien: The PQ In Shape, in Core, in Means

12:45 – 14:00 Break

14:00 – 15:00 Session 7: Discussion Capturing the Full Spectrum of Scenographic Practice: Rebalancing the PQ in Light of the Now-dominate Performative Installation

moderated by Patrick Du Wors

participants TBC

15:15 – 16:00 Session 7: Education

moderated by Radivoje Dinulović

Sonia Paiva: Stage Design Transdisciplinary Laboratory (LTC)

Jessica Bowles: The Map Is Not The Territory

16:15 – 17:15 Conclusions

moderated by Arnold Aronson

participants TBC


Published by Aby Cohen

Theatre and Exhibition Designer - based in Sao Paulo - Brazil - Has been created and realized important national and international projects. Was recently internationally awarded for two projects: as Curator and Designer for Brazilian National Exhibition at PQ’11- Prague Quadrennial - awarded with the Golden Triga; and Mix Max, Brasil - presented at Tropenmuseum, Amsterdam, 2012 - 2015 awarded by the IDCA International Design Communication Awards in second place as the Best Exhibition Layout category in 2013. PhD title in Design for Performance at ECA│USP – School of Arts and Communication at University of Sao Paulo and working as International Curator for Prague Quadrenial 2015. Vice-President of the OISTAT International. Currently Lecturer at ECA-USP teaching Scenography

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