Between Realities -
Fight, Flee, Shelter, Surrender or NegotiateWebsite / Exhibition / Instant Magazine
The Dutch exhibition, website and publication for the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space 2015.
“Between Realities” is an elaborate Lo-Fi / High Concept live-publishing project as well as a research project revolving around the ‘scenography of public space’. Artists and cartographers were asked to carry out small scale interventions in the public space of Prague, during the Prague Quadrennial of 2015. These interventions literally changed the public space or the perception of public space – looking at it through a scenographic perspective. These interventions were documented by reporters and placed on the website.
Armed with 5 printers (corresponding with the 5 categories; Fight, Flee, Shelter, Negotiate and Surrender), 2 laptops and some tape, we were in the exhibition space – quickly dubbed the ‘publishing room’ – in the old Colloredo-Mansfeld Palace where the documented material was gathered through the website where it was categorised by the curators in one of five categories. We used this material to make a daily publication (over 10 days, the 10 individual publications turned out to be the final publication) as well as publish the material in a giant life size infographic – an abstract version of the map of prague – changing the room over the course of 10 days. This showed trends in how and where people are coping with the different strategies, as well as -mostly- typical ‘Fight’ and ‘Surrender’ hot spots in the city.
Between Realities has been awarded with the gold medal for best curatorial concept of an exhibition. The jury was impressed by the complexity of the concept: “In essence, performance design is being used to understand the city, and this in turn challenges us to think again about what performance design is and what it can do. The documentation process will allow this project to have a continuing influence beyond the period of the PQ.”
Concept created i.c.w. Sigrid Merx, Anne Karin ten Bosch (Platform Scenography) Ester van de Wiel, Iris Schutten and Sanne Danz