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On Stage - Processing Reality

 

BArch 4 Studio: Ecology Sustainability Conservation

Hannes Stiefel | Luciano Parodi

"Das Theater, angesiedelt in dem Riss zwischen der Zeit des Subjekts und der Zeit der Geschichte, ist eine der letzten Wohnungen der Utopie." Heiner Müller, TRANSIT EUROPA, 1983

The goal of this studio is to develop comprehensive design proposals for buildings in which, or through which »a unique intersection of aesthetically organized and everyday real life takes place«.(1) We will design a theater, the place where »heterogeneous performances are translated into one another«.(2) The programmatic base for the project is the competition brief for the Haus der Musik in Innsbruck (2014). A theater shall be conceived for a site east of the medieval city center of Innsbruck, an area that has accommodated theaters since the 17th century. The plot is characterized by its neighborhood of landmarked buildings from diverse epochs. The historical context of the site positions the project to be developed in our platform’s topic of Cultural Heritage. We understand the task of Cultural Heritage as transformative practice rather than as a duty of conservation.

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On Stage - Processing Reality


BArch 4 Studio: Ecology Sustainability Conservation

Hannes Stiefel | Luciano Parodi

What kind of theater space is required by the complex, dynamic forms of contemporary societies? What is the function of a theater — as art form, as institution, as building? What is the function of its corresponding architecture? 


Theater can be considered as a space of translation, intersection and negotiation. We see theater as a model for staging societal relations beyond the theatrical.We are interested in the processing of reality. It happens that the exchange between stage and audience in contemporary theater leads to an inversion of the relation between actor and spectator, between stage and auditorium, between inside and outside — an inversion of spatial and societal relations. This studio aims to translate the reflective and transformative practice of theater today into a particular urban context.

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