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Performance    


Learning    


From the September 16th to 20th, 2014 Studio Sam Causer and Vividero Colectivo lead the workshop 'public' with 30 students of Campus Woche, the encounter of Swiss Theatre Schools, ending in the development of short performative interventions, experiments or the seeds for future projects based on the diverse use of Bern urban space. 


The atelier will support an attempt to [re]define ‘the public’ through the use of non-conforming or confronting attitudes, such as anti-, a- or counter- to recognise the social, political and cultural complexities and possibilities that some social practices extend to the environment in which they happen. For instance, some spaces co-exist comfortably alongside the ‘public’ but have restrictive entry criteria and/or require particular modes of behaviour (such as the road, the cafe, the sports field, the social media app).  Other spaces are aggressively against the idea of ‘public’ but somehow still share the same noun (bdsm clubs, squats, graffitied walls). Others still pretend to support ‘free-will’ but actually rely upon subtle devices to restrict and manipulate actions and inter-actions (the shopping mall, the market-place, the gay sauna). Most ‘public’ spaces impose certain choreographies, yet some don’t: ‘liminal spaces’ ie spaces without (cultured) meaning present an ‘a-public’ situation, often only accidentally available (islands in the river, spaces under motorway flyovers, cracks in-between).


The applied experience will allow us to reflect upon the constituting logics of ‘public space’, the mechanisms to secure them and the modes of participation they sustain. It will also offer us alternative knowledge and strategies to cohabit in dissent, coexist without being controlled, or push for transformations reducing the risk of being hurt. We will work against the freezing of the public realm, and perhaps create multiple definitions for it, like shared-, considered-, or considerate- space.

Workshop 'public'

Campus Woche, Bern

2014


Society    


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