Intimacy and Spectacle: 2009-2012


INTERSECTION: Intimacy and Spectacle was a special curatorial project of the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space in 2009-2012. This international, interdisciplinary project was not just an artistic project, but also a long-term research project in the fields of scenography and performance, involving publications, symposiums and public events in 17 European cities over the course of three years.
The project was launched in 2010 with a series of international theoretical symposiums entitled Expanding Scenography, held in Zurich, Riga, Amsterdam, Belgrade, and Évora. This was followed by the release of an eponymous publication. The symposiums brought together leading theorists and artists in order to explore contemporary scenography in its relationship to various artistic, cultural and other disciplines, as well as its use of performance elements from the viewpoint of audiences, artists, and curators.
The central event of the Intersection project had its premiere in June 2011 at the Prague Quadrennial. It involved an interactive installation/staging of 30 spaces (“boxes”) that provided a venue for leading contemporary scenographers, artists working with installations and video art, theatre ensembles, fashion designers, and architects from all over the world. These were complemented by three “spectacles” that represented a counterpoint to the intimate environment and projects presented in the boxes, plus a series of 50 panel discussion, presentations, lectures, and costume shows.
The Intersection project in Prague also included the Scenofest educational project – workshops, lectures, and performances aimed at offering nearly 2,000 students and young artists from all over the world a platform for meeting and exchanging ideas while collaborating with leading professionals. Another educational project was the Open Laboratory – a workshop for postgraduate students that explored contemporary performance spaces. The Light and Sound project, devoted to audio and lighting design, featured presentations and workshops as well as installations and exhibits.
The project’s third phase (since the summer of 2011) has presented a selection of interactive installations/stagings, spectacles, panel discussions, and workshops in many European cities in Hungary, Serbia, Latvia, Norway, Italy, Slovakia, Finland, and Portugal. In addition – and beyond the project’s original plans – the various artistic projects from the boxes and spectacles have also been invited to appear at other events such as the Wiener Festwoche, the Kunstfestival in Brussels and the Teatro a Mil festival in Chile. The project thus continues.
Intersection and PQ 2011 were also presented in the publication Disappearing Stage, a short videospot, and the documentary movie Designated Space, which is currently being screened at numerous foreign festivals. The project’s extensive online presentation, e-scenography, is still active. Its online newsletter, library of articles, and internet database of art schools throughout the world enables interaction with ca. 10,000 artists, theorists, and art managers all over the world.
Basic information on the Intersection project
A three-year project involving more than 16 partner organizations in 13 countries
Seen by 50,000 people from 82 countries in Prague // more than 200,000 people at post-events in 11 countries
5 symposiums in 5 cities in 5 countries for nearly 800 participants from 43 countries
4 artistic workshops in 3 countries
5 organizational meetings in 4 countries
14 post events in 12 cities in 10 countries, plus at least 5 post events outside of the original grant (Chile, Germany, Macedonia, Belgium, Austria)
Events in 17 cities in 14 countries
37 artistic projects presented in Prague and 42 artistic projects at post events
3 published books, 1 artistic film,1 documentary and 3 short films
The project’s main organizer was the Arts and Theatre Institute. Also involved were another eight main partners from eight European countries, plus numerous associated partners. In 2009, Intersection competed against more than 296 applicants from all over in Europe in applying for a multiannual EU Culture grant. Only nine projects were selected, and the Intersection was the only multiannual project from the Czech Republic to succeed.  

This project was realized with the support of the Culture Programme of the European Union. 

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