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Performative Urbanism


Performative Urbanism: Situating Critical Performance Design Practices in the City is a SSHRC funded two-year pilot interuniversity and international research creation initiative that examines an aesthetic shift in performance design – as an expanded notion of scenography – and its application to political, social and economic realities beyond the prescribed stage, specifically the spatialization and politicization of our experience of cities. The project brings together seven interdisciplinary artist-researchers and scholars, located on four continents (North and South America, Europe and Oceania), who work across the fields of Performance Studies, Architecture, Urban Planning, Design and Scenography. Experimental workshops will take place at Concordia University in Montreal (November 2018) and Roskilde University, Copenhagen, Denmark (June 2020). Some of the salient research questions this research project intends to address include:

·       What performance design methods are needed to manifest participatory and meaningful engaged modes of urbanism; for overcoming existing disciplinary borders in urban planning and design; for mobilizing collective investments in place, galvanizing action, and addressing urgent urban issues?

·       Reciprocally, what lessons for performance design practice can we learn from recent and past histories of urban planning and design? 

·       What impact does scenography, overflowing from the prescribed stage into the city, have on the social and spatial production of urban commons? 

·       How can expanded scenographic knowledge/sensibilities/practices be methodologically utilized for critical urban research in order to mediate and understand our experience of smart (intelligent) and sustainable cities?

This project is funded by a Concordia University Research Chair and SSHRC Insight Development Grant.

Principal Investigator: Dr Shauna Janssen. More:

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