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Beyond buildings: performance as architecture

Architecture Awards Week


Friday 17 May 2019
6.30 — 8pm

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The Rotary Notary and His Hot Plate by Susan Mosakowski, set design by Diller + Scofidio, 1987

Performance view, La Mama E.T.C., New York, June 3, 1987. Produced by Creation Production Company.

Photo: J. Vezuzzo

Join us for a panel discussion looking at the performative side of architecture – learn more about how an active arts practice can develop and drive spatial ideas.

Inspired by the work of Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio, the winners of this year’s Royal Academy Architecture Prize, we take the opportunity to view architecture as a field of performative research.

In this panel discussion, practitioners will present critical work that pushes the boundaries of what is normally perceived as architecture and demonstrates how experimental practice can help uncover new strategies for addressing the challenges facing contemporary society.

The conversation will include both architects who use performance as a research tool that informs their buildings, and individuals who use performance as a medium for exploring architectural ideas in their own right.

How can architects use performance to explore spatial qualities? Can the knowledge gained from this provide productive and tangible advantages to designing the built environment? What are the benefits of understanding architecture as the physical manifestation of social relationships? Join us and find out how architecture can channel a relationship with performance to generate a deeper understanding of the spaces we navigate on a daily basis.

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Friday 17 May 2019

6.30 — 8pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£15, £9

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