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TRACING TEMPORARY SPACE

07.30.11 | Comment?

at the still point of the turning world
:volume, density and emptiness

The installation Tracing Temporary Space is a poetic staging of four per formative spaces that challenge genres and reinvent spatial definitions. It is four circular stories of temporary inhabitation unfolding unconventional spaces.

It represents Denmark in the Arkitektursektionen af the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2011 - Sct Anne’s Church, Prague from the 16.6 - 26.6 2011

The Danish contribution to the Architecture Section at PQ11 focuses on temporariness - on performances that reveal and unfold unconventional spaces. The character of the display reflects a duality between the density of an archive and the emptiness of the blank canvas forming a stage of temporary traces and memories.

The table is created as an ever-turning, circular archive. Never resting on one image it traces spatial transformations by using the techniques of an old fashioned animation flip book. The stories are told through the classic tools of the architect: pencil, plan, section - and A4 paper, which is traced, folded and cut. The circular archive consists of four ‘archive rolls’, one for each of the selected per formative spaces. Each roll is a spatial statement, a dynamic figure that reflects the nature of each of the performances - its spatial characteristics and typology.

The aim of the Danish contribution is to communicate architecture as a direct spatial and textural experience. To create an installation which reflects the nature of spatial temporariness and ambiguousness - and not just represent it at arm’s-length which is too often the case at architectural exhibitions.

The performances represented in the exhibit:

Hotel Pro Forma - ‘Ellen’ 2010 / The drawings in our installation reflect the constant shift between scales and the coexsisting of mental and physical space that characterize the performance. It seeks to give a sense of the spatial ambiguity that the spectator gets from watching the performance by morphing two key elements: the house and the head/headphones.

Mellemrumsfestivallen - site specific performancefestival on Nørrebro 2010 / The drawings in our installation materialize the co-existing of spatial scales and the shifts between stage and reality that characterize the festival. They capture this duality between the large scale of the city and the intimate, personal scale of the performances by morphing between the single point of view of the spectator and the general plan drawing of the city.

Madeleines Madteater/ The drawings in our installation reflect this coexisting of spatial scales. Morphing between the scale of the plate and the choreography of the stage. Between the immaterial scale of the memory and the direct contact with the plate and the interactive stage where social boundaries such as power and envy between the guests are examined. It’s not just about eating the food, but just as much about the human touch and the spatial qualities that defines the meal - the perceived space and the staged space.

MODTAR projects / The drawings in our installation materialize the shift of scale and spatial status that happen by reinstating the unseemly old back-yard house into the grand space and atmosphere of the church tower. It traces the duality of the house within the church and the church within the house.

The project is supported by The Danish Arts Counsil, Nationalbankens Jubilæumsfond and created at the Danish Art Workshops.

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