Performing Architecture, 26 May 2016 — 29 Oct 2016

Performing Architecture

Campo de l'Abazia, 30121 Cannaregio

For the 15th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Goethe‐Institut has created “Performing Architecture”, a programme which brings the interfaces between architecture, choreography and the performing arts into focus.

Picking up cues from the exhibition at the German Pavilion “Making Heimat. Germany, Arrival Country“ and the Biennale’s motto “Reporting from the Front”, the programme transforms the urban space of Venice into a stage for artistic encounters, visions and explorations: How do we sink into the experienced and built reality of our cities? How do we encounter other people in this reality? Which values do they negotiate, which living spaces, which experiential spaces? What ideas of Heimat do they carry?
Artists Fabrice Mazliah, Johan Bettum, Björn Bicker, Malte Jelden and Michael Graessner, among others, develop experimental formats to explore these questions, make encounters possible and create fleeting places of exchange, which playfully shift boundaries and challenge habituated forms and patterns of thought. By interacting with other art forms, architecture becomes a sensory experience and reveals a new social relevance.

The program:
DANCE‐PERFORMANCE (26. – 27.05.2016, 7.00 pm and 9.00 pm)

Fabrice Mazliah has created a new version of his piece In Act and Thought for six performers for PERFORMING ARCHITECTURE. The piece was originally premiered by The Forsythe Company in June 2015. Following the principle and structure of his earlier work, Fabrice Mazliah develops an alternate format, in the form of a „guided-tour”. The performers produce real and imaginary encounters together with the onlookers. How can ideas which exist only implicitly and unspoken between performers, be expressed through language and the body? How can the common understanding acquired by a group, be shared with the public, and simultaneously develop something new? Leaving aside conventional notions of knowledge as fixed categories and measures, the performers express their own abilities in a new and shared form.
Cast: Fabrice Mazliah with Katja Cheraneva, Frances Chiaverini, Josh Johnson, David Kern, Yasutake Shimaji, Ildikó Tóth.

DISCUSSION (28.05.2016, 4.00 pm)

With Armen Avanessian, Arno Brandlhuber, Christian Kerez, Anh‐Linh Ngo, Sandra Oehy, Erica Overmeer, Christopher Roth

In conjunction with the opening of the Architecture Biennale, architects Arno Brandlhuber and Christian Kerez will discuss their contributions to this year’s Biennale with philosopher Armen Avanessian, photographer Erica Overmeer, and film director Christopher Roth. The discussion will be moderated by Sandra Oehy, curator of the Swiss Pavilion, and Anh-Linh Ngo, editor of ARCH+. Foregrounding this discussion are two issues that ARCH+ has prepared together with Arno Brandlhuber and Christian Kerez especially for the Architecture Biennale.

They take different perspectives on the autonomy and agency of architecture:
“Legislating Architecture”, a collaboration with Arno Brandlhuber and Tobias Hönig, investigates how law creates design, as well as the inverse: can design be applied to the pre-architectural realm? A report from architecture’s legislative front.
“Release Architecture”, a collaboration with Christian Kerez and Sandra Oehy, takes off from the spatial intervention in the Swiss Pavilion. How far can we push the boundaries of architectural space? A report from architecture’s speculative front.
The print Feature in “Legislating Architecture” is devoted to photographer Erica Overmeer who has conceived a 24-pages photo essay. In “Release Architecture” the Feature in turn presents the installation by Christian Kerez in the Swiss Pavilion.
The event will take place in cooperation with ARCH+, the Swiss Pavilion, and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

(29.05.2016, 2.30 pm)

With Jan Åman, Johan Bettum, Daniel Birnbaum, Sanford Kwinter, Fabrice Mazliah, Tobias Rehberger

Culinary Lessons is a conversation series which explores culinary art in interdisciplinary terms and as a canvas from which valuable lessons may be learned for architecture. The series especially focuses on the art of cooking and its radical as well as innovative transformation of matter into choreographed and carefully orchestrated social experience. Whether in the local, political or aesthetic contexts, cooking is always an intensive, alchemistic experiment using materials in a socio-cultural context. Culinary Lessons explores the historic and contemporary aspects of these relationships as a tableaux for artistic and architectonic interests. Culinary Lessons will be performed later in Stockholm, Frankfurt and Istanbul and conclude the PERFORMING ARCHITECTURE programme together with CONVIVIUMEPULUM at the end of October.


Chiesa della Misericordia / Campo de l’Abazia, 30121 Cannaregio
Free entrance
Limited seats available – registration required:

More appointments to come in October:
The Veddel Embassy: Representing Germany
PERFORMANCE (18.-22.10., Tuesday-Friday 12-3 pm and 6-10 pm, Saturday 12 pm-12 am Midnight)
Björn Bicker, Michael Graessner and Malte Jelden

CONVIVIUMEPULUM and Culinary Lessons
Johan Bettum, Fabrice Mazliah and guests

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