“SharedSpace Switzerland” is Switzerland’s preliminary programme in the run-up to the Prague Quadrennial 2015. It is organised by the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia in collaboration with Festival Antigel in Geneva, trans4mator and HAUS FÜR KUNST URI. The Prague Quadrennial 2015 presents scenography as a transdisciplinary field in which elements of the performative and visual arts, architecture and cultural studies are combined with given social and environmental factors.
The SharedSpace Switzerland programme is dedicated to contemporary scenography and, specifically, to the role of scenography when it comes to sharing space. The events involved provide opportunities for visitors to experience what can be achieved by contemporary scenography, as well as for encounters and for in-depth exchange among specialists. Dance and music performances at Festival Antigel in Geneva, for example, aim to demonstrate how precise scenographic intervention can define spaces, enabling them to be experienced in new and unexpected ways. At special theme days under the heading of performaCITY Basel, the notion of public space as scenographic space is explored by means of performances, roundtable discussions and lectures.
Between January and August 2015, scenographic topics will be subject to in-depth debates among experts from various scenography-related disciplines at four “Salons scénographiques”. The main focus will be on the question of how and to what extent someone’s professional background influences their understanding of scenography. Does scenographic intervention mean the same for somebody from the performative arts as it does for someone from the visual arts or the fields of architecture or cultural studies? What common ground is there, and in what ways do their concepts differ?
From 13 June to 23 August 2015, HAUS FÜR KUNST URI in Altdorf will provide a stage for the Swiss artist duo Lang/Baumann.
The Prague Quadrennial 2015 is scheduled for 18 to 28 June. It offers an attractive and internationally oriented programme comprising exhibitions, performances and events in various formats, dedicated to scenography in all its diversity. Switzerland will be represented with the programme “Under the Tail of the Horse” in the Countries and Regions section and with “Räumliche Verhandlungspraxis” (spatial negotiation practice) in the Students section.
SharedSpace Switzerland is part of the preliminary programme initiated by the Prague Quadrennial 2015 called SharedSpace: Music Weather Politics 2013 -16, which has been jointly set up by 13 European institutions and provides for events in 11 different countries.