From July 8-10 in the Military Museum in Kalemegdan, Belgrade Fortress, one of the most interesting theoretical symposium of the year in the field of stage design will take place. More than 50 international artists and theoreticians in the field of scenography will take part. The idea is to engage practitioners and researchers in discussing practice-as-research in relationship to the staging of spaces. Artists and researchers working within the performing arts, visual arts, and spatial design disciplines will create a transdisciplinary dialogue on the role of the artist as the author of scenographic space.
Beyond a genre-specific discourse, On Artists / Authors will investigate diverse practices of scenographic research, focusing on individual authorship, collaborative and site-specific projects, curatorial concepts, and exhibition practices.
Speakers include: RoseLee Goldberg (USA, performance theorist), Claudia Bosse (Austria, director), Arnold Aronson (USA, theorist), Rolf Abderhalden (Columbia, scenographer and director), Oren Sagiv (Israel, architect and scenographer), Hans Op de Beeck (Belgium, visual artist), Ulla von Brandenburg (Germany, visual artist), Terike Haapoja (Finland, scenographer), and Miodrag Šuvaković (Serbia, theorist). The symposium is organized by the Prague Quadrennial and Kiosk, the Platform for Contemporary Art.
The Scenography Expanding 2 symposium is part of the project Intersection: Intimacy & Spectacle, as the central program of the Prague Quadrennial 2011, which explores stage design as interdisciplinary art, intertwining theater with visual arts, performance, design, and space. Project Intersection creates a strong theoretical/intellectual discourse linking theoreticians, curators, visual and theater artists, and architects, and consists of theoretical and artistic works. The theoretical section consists of three symposia: in Riga (Latvia), Belgrade (Serbia) and Évora (Portugal), while the premiere for the artistic section, consisting of more than 30 artistic installations and performances by artists from around the world, will be held during the Prague Quadrennial (on June 16-26, 2011 in Prague). After that, some of the installations will be launched in cities across Europe. In Belgrade, the project will be presented in September 2011, within the BITEF.