Installation & performance space
PRAGUE (CZ) - The Prague Quadrennial (PQ) presents an international feast of performance, design and related arts. The PQ used to take place in the Industrial Palace in Prague, but since the building's destruction by fire in 2008, other venues have had to be found. For this year's festival, with the theme 'Intersections', an open space next to the National Theatre was selected.
The 'Intersections' theme is the theoretical concept for an exhibition that focuses on the borders between theatre and visual arts. The centrally located site has the added advantage of stressing the interaction between the public realm and private space, the public audience and the intimacy of the arts.
Architect Oren Sagiv, responsible for the design of the exhibition site, has tried to achieve a certain unity between the white box and black cube, the commonly accepted ideal typologies of art galleries and theatres, respectively. The temporary 'Art Boxes' structure is intended to contribute an added dimension to the historical space, bringing art directly into everyday life.
The project consists of 30 separate but connected boxes. Differing in shape and size, each of the rectangular boxes provides a special space for each of the 30 invited international artists, as well as a stage for a variety of artistic activities. Sagiv's labyrinth also allows for an individual tour through the exhibition and a more personal interaction with the visual arts. The main goal is to question the phenomenon of performance in this architectural context. However, this intervention also explores the borders between life and art in a direct way, as the project draws attention to the potential of the otherwise isolated plot.
Friday | 24 June | 2011 | Czech Republic | Vendula Hnídková