Posted on: December 2nd, 2021
Transfigure plaza installation that can be used to transform the image of the given public space into a performance arena.
Urban art and performance
Art is a dynamic field that has evolved and taken its place in urban settings in new forms. Urban art first emerged as a way of protesting the social, traditional and political reforms in society. It is now seen as an effective way of engaging with audiences and expressing opinions. Interaction with the public to form crucial connections to the artworks has managed to keep urban art forms popular. Performing arts are now taking over the urban art scene, as more and more performers are partaking in public exhibitions. Unlike urban art which leaves a material trace, a performance leaves a sentimental trace.
Artists have taken over streets and public places as a means to display their talent and craft. Public squares, plazas and local sites are hotspots that provide a platform for artists to perform and even earn wages and publicity. The image of the place changes depending on the art and performances. Can we interpret how the public landscape changes with the introduction of urban art and performance?
Exploring the engagement of a public performance
The history of performances in the public domain dates back to ancient history. Street performances were the only way artists could earn their living. But as recording came into the scene, the ‘live’ performance aspect fizzled out. Its reintroduction was made when the potential for performing arts in public as a way of expression and communication was encouraged. The art forms of music, dance, and drama performed in public spaces differ from the theatre performances, wherein the former, a more intimate connection with the audience is explored. They are extremely visual and their perception highly depends on the settings of the performance.
Cities are vibrant hotspots of culture and people, and performing arts enriches this environment. Performing artists can occupy existing public spaces reanimating the area for a certain period of time.
But can we extend this period for not only a single artist but for multiple artists? Can a temporary setup provide easy access and a platform to existing artists? Can it change the pace of people in space? How can a physical setup and backing for such an instant transformation be brought about in an urban setting?
The installation is to be placed in a public space to elevate the ‘live’, outdoor experience of the urban performance. The idea is to build out the infrastructure that could hold or transform the space with attachments that are used temporarily.
The setup and the equipment are permanent, but the installation must be operated temporarily to change the ambiance of the public space only during events and performances. The storage of the removable equipment must be convenient and compact.
The aim of the design is to create an installation that is inspired by the context of the city it is placed in. The design must be suitable for all kinds of art performances. It will be a design that adds to the experience of the performance but does not overpower it.
Agile: The installation and dismantling must be mobile, compact, and portable with secure storage on site.
Modular: Modular units can be used for easy use and scalable interventions.
Multi-functional: The design of equipment and setup must cater to a range of performances and capacity of the event.
Material + Technology: The palette chosen must be suitable for all climate conditions and systems engaged must be least energy-dependent.
Growth/Evolution: A potential to scale the setup to replicate as and when required.
The German art and performance scene is impressive with influences drawn from all over the world today. Folk music and contemporary artists are making their way on the streets of the country to showcase their talents in creative ways. Berlin is rich in topographical features such as lakes and rivers. It is the center for performing arts and hosts several venues for events of international recognition. It is also a popular destination for exploring street performances.
The site is the Alexanderplatz in Berlin city. It is a large public square and transport hub. It is a major commercial area of the city with many notable landmarks. It is a popular pedestrian tourist spot that is occupied by street performers all the time.
Site area = 1242 sq.m
Ground Coverage = 20%
Max FAR: 0.75
Coordinates = 52°31’18.6″N 13°24’47.0″E
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Registration Deadline: 21 March 2022
Submission Deadline: 22 March 2022
Winner Announcement: 19 May 2022