What does performance have to do with architecture? How can a building perform, and how can we perform a building? Tate Britain presents a journey through the gallery in its current phase of spatial and structural transformation, taking a look at architectural and art practices that explore how our physical bodies interact with built form. With talks, performance, a workshop, and sound and film from Alex Schweder and Lamis Bayar, Kreider + O’Leary, Effie Coe, Emptyset and The Architecture Foundation. Performing Architecture: Tate Britain. Friday 1 February 2013, 18.00-22.00. FREE
Performance: PRACTISE ARCHITECTURE: rehearse here, perform everywhere. Alex Schweder and Lamis Bayar. Duveen Galleries. 18.30-21.30. What is Performance Architecture? Forget the theory! Experience it through your body. Schweder and Bayar transform the Duveen Galleries into a rehearsal space where invitations, writ large on the very fabric of a rapidly changing Tate Britain, offer up playful and unexpected ways of discovering how you can change a space by behaving differently in relation to it. What can one to do with a wall? A hoarding? A bench? You will leave the rehearsal space a practised Performance Architect and invent your own instructions as you happen upon more walls, more hoardings, more benches. Perform them. Perform Tate Britain, perform your living room!
Light Vessel Automatic. Kreider + O’Leary. Throughout the galleries. 19.30-20.00 & 20.45-21.15. An experiential tour of Tate Britain with Kreider + O’Leary revealing the buildings’ scars, layers and history. With archaeological levels of detail they explore the site as fulcrum of different inter-related systems: spatial, historical, social and artistic.
Sound and Film. Emptyset: Trawsfynydd. Auditorium. 18.30-21.30. The decommissioned Trawsfynydd nuclear power station in North Wales has finished its functional arc and faces an unknown future. In this sound and film installation, Emptyset translate the physical space of a building in transition exploring the relationship between architecture, sculpture and its mediation, interrogating what architecture is when its function is lost.
Performing Architecture on Film. 18.30-21.30. Historic Collection, South Duveens & Manton Studio. Explore buildings as creative collaborators and props through a range of experiments across art, architecture and film. Curated in collaboration with The Architecture Foundation.
Conversation. Alex Schweder and Lamis Bayar. Turner Galleries. 18.45-19.30. Performance Architect Alex Schweder and Lamis Bayar, Editor of Le Journal Spéciale’Z discuss their involvement in the emerging field of Performance Architecture with Late at Tate Britain Curator Marianne Mulvey, mapping this growing area of spatial production and giving an insight into the development of their installation Practise Architecture.
Paul Purgas and James Ginzburg with Justin Jaeckle. T7. 20.00-20.45. Emptyset’s Paul Purgas and James Ginzburg discuss their exploration of architecture as fluid space through sound and moving image with Justin Jaeckle, Curator of Public Programmes at The Architecture Foundation. They reflect upon using aspects of performance, documentary, cinema, structuralist film, video and audio processing in response to the built environment.
Workshop. Observation Spaces. Duveen Galleries. 18.30-21.30. Construct your own space in the Duveen Galleries using cardboard, paper and projection to immerse yourself in architecture and engage with your surroundings with artist Effie Coe.
Performing Architecture: Tate Britain. Friday 1 February 2013, 18.00-22.00. FREE
Kreider+O’Leary, Light Vessel Automatic, This Space 2013
Alex Schweder and Ward Shelly, Stability, Seattle, 2009 Photos
© Scott Lawrimore, edited by Ward Shelly & author.
Find out more about the transformations happening at Tate Britain for The Millbank Project.