A symposium on scenography and dramaturgy, curated by Platform Scenography, and a joint venture with HKU School of the Arts to be held in September 2014. Thinking Scenography (Th-S) is a laboratory-event that seeks to create time to work with space and to reflect on scenography. Both ‘space’ and ‘scenography’ here are umbrella terms for a broad range of practices. Scenography involves both the design of spaces, in a wide variety of meanings (including corporeal, urban and interactive spaces), and a statement: scenography thinks. Scenographic practice is a particular mode of thought: scenography writes spaces, and is engaged with drawing, composition, orchestration, transformation, framing, staging, and the analysis of performative events.
Thinking Scenography is initiated and curated by Platform Scenography (P-S), an open source movement that uses both analogue and digital platforms in order to increase the visibility of scenographic practices, and to improve reflection on and insight in the specific qualities of those practices. The Platform activates several inside-outside trajectories: it locates scenography both in the theatre, as the design of space, costume, light, projections, sound, as well as moves to the outside, where scenography encounters film, architecture, public space, interaction design, fashion, and more. Next, P-S recognizes the value of situatedness: it chooses the Dutch and Flemish performance field as a starting point but also moves outside towards the international context. Thinking Scenography certainly crosses borders, as it is an international 3-days event which focus in particular on time and temporality as the distinctive qualities of contemporary, or postdramatic scenography.
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City Tracks: Don’t mind the map
A one-day conference on art in the city, and the city as performance, co-curated with Liesbeth Groot Nibbelink, and a joint venture with Festival a/d Werf Utrecht 2012.
City Tracks investigates multiple perspectives on the city and performance: How do we act in the city? Who owns and authors the city, how do we write and shape the urban landscape? Where and when does the city truly become a public space‚ and how can we claim and appropriate it in new ways? What role do artistic interventions play in re-thinking the city? City Tracks presents these and other questions to philosophers, practitioners, and participants. Next to lectures and discussions, participants themselves will be actively engaged in exploring the city, which includes a variety of programmed and unexpected encounters in the urban arena.
City Tracks explores the city during a one-day program with contributions by amongst others philosopher Gijs van Oenen, theatre makers Stefan Kaegi (curator of Ciudades Paralelas/Parallel Cities) and Floris van Delft (Dat Staat), journalist Robbert van Heuven, architect Iris Schutten, urban geographer Jan van Duppen, designer of public space Werner de Feijter, Occupy Utrecht, Stichting Tijdelijk Wonen, AL16, EetMee, Gilde Utrecht and Rainer Hofmann, artistic director of Festival a/d Werf.
Camillo 2.0: Technology, Memory, Experience
Sigrid is member of the board of Performance Studies international (PSi), and was one of the conference managers for PSi#17: Camillo 2.0: Technology, Memory, Experience (2011). Camillo 2.0is an initiative of the Theatre Studies department at Utrecht University and Festival aan de Werf, in cooperation with the Theatre Faculty of the Utrecht School of the Arts. Camillo 2.0 combines science, scholarly pursuit and art in a five-day program consisting of lectures, presentations of current research (both theoretical and practical), performances, debates, workshops, and ‘shifts’ (i.e. hybrid programmatic components introduced by participants or initiated by the organizers in order to pave the way for unconventional presentations). The conference highlighted cutting edge research, allowing for structured dialogues in unexpected shapes and formations, and making space for informal encounters between scholars and artists.