As the symbolists, constructivists and surrealists of the historical avant-garde began to abandon traditional theatre spaces and embrace the more contingent locations of the theatrical and political ‘event’, the built environment of a performance became not only part of the event, but an event in and of itself.
Event-Space radically re-evaluates the avant garde’s championing of nonrepresentational spaces, drawing on the specific fields of performance studies and architectural studies to establish a theory of ‘performative architecture’.
‘Event’ was of immense significance to modernism’s revolutionary agenda, resisting realism and naturalism – and, simultaneously, the monumentality of architecture itself. Event-Space analyzes a number of spatiotemporal models central to that revolution, both illuminating the history of avant-garde performance and inspiring contemporary approaches to performance space.
Table of Contents
TOWARD A THEORY OF ‘SPACING’ THROUGH AVANT-GARDE ACTION
INTRODUCTION: EVENT-SPACE: A PERFORMANCE MODEL FOR ARCHITECTURE
Architecture as Event
Event-Space: A Useful Paradigm In Motion
Space (becoming-performance of architecture)
Event (becoming-architecture of performance)
(Re)Birth of the Will-to-Destruction
Avant-gardism and Modernism
CHAPTER 1: DISCIPLINING THE BOURGEOIS GLORY MACHINE
"Our provisional theatre at Bayreuth"
The Baroque Model and Post-Revolutionary Performativity
Garnier’s Architecture as Mise-en-scène
The Glory Machine
The Case of Bayreuth
A New Public
The Invisible Theatre
CHAPTER 2: ABSOLUTE SPACE: UNIVERSAL LANDSCAPES
"The Beginning… The Birth…"
Absolute Stage Space
Symbolist "Theatre of the Mind"
Spatial Rhythm and Universal Landscapes
Architecture as Temple-Laboratory
Resisting the Black Void
The New Monumentality of Absolute Space
CHAPTER 3: ABSTRACT SPACE: TOWARD AN ARCHITECTURE OF ALIENATION
The "Troubled Art": Avant-gardism Divided
City as a "Montage of Attractions"
Stage Space – Space Stage
Total Theatre: The "Great Stage Machine"
Architectures of Alienation
Ghost in the Machine
CHAPTER 4: ABJECT SPACE: TOWARD AN ARCHITECTURE OF CRUELTY
Violence Takes Centre Stage
Bravo! And Boom, Boom!
Abjection: eROTic Object
Palace of Culture
Enter Artaud (Flinging Bombs)
An Architecture against Architecture
A Site of Recovery
CONCLUSION: MAKING ARCHITECTURE TREMBLE
Dorita Hannah works across the spatial, visual and performing arts as a scholar and design practitioner specializing in theatre architecture and performance design. She is a Professor affiliated with the University of Auckland (New Zealand), University of Tasmania (Australia) and Aalto University (Finland).