urban (col)laratory // Helen Stratford, architect/critical writer (UK) & Diana Wesser media/performance artist (D)
LINK: Blind Spots video @ vimeo
A path crossed over and over, a street swept again and again… negotiations of the city are conducted through everyday rituals,tasks, and activities. The perception of the space around us is premised on a set of assumptions – conventions and rules that have ‘real bearing on the ways lives are lived’; inscribed in spatial and mental structures that are partially produced by their incorporation. These conventions, that are dependent on language, time, place and audience, do not merely describe or represent, but intervene in the world, functioning to organise its ‘social character’. They instigate a ‘framework of intelligibility’ which maintains explicit propositions about bodies and places, deciding what types of utterances may be ‘legitimately’ extracted from them, what can be done and where.
Based on an on-site research, Blind spots was a performance lecture at Piccadilly Gardens in Manchester, that combined performance and architecture, practice and theory, intervention and lecture to look at the city as a stage for every day performances which construct reality and offer a socio-spatial critique of these structures.
The on-site research and the performance lecture formed the base for a lecture video of the same title.
Photos by Guy Jones