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 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.
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.
Intersection project is organized by the Prague Quadrennial (CZ) in cooperation with: New Theatre Institute of Latvia (LV) | Escrita na Paisagem Festival de Performance e Artes da Terra (PT) | The Victoria and Albert Museum (GB) | Kiosk (RS) | Kretakör (HU) | The National Theatre in Prague (CZ) | MiBAC-Direzione Generale per lo Spettacolo dal vivo (IT) | Kiasma Theatre, Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art (FI)