Exhibition of Countries and regions has been the heart of Prague Quadrennial since it was rst established in 1967. This exhibition, like the young designers exhibition, will be organized by PQ in collaboration with the curators of countries and regions.
The quadrennial effort of each participating country and region needs to capture and share the essence of current trends that re ect contemporary views, thoughts, and artistic developments in performance design realized in past six years in theatres or other sites adapted by scenographic means. The main focus will be on the performance design as a strong integral element of performance, not conceptual, directorial or dramaturgical approaches where performance design plays a subservient role.
This exhibition also becomes the main meeting forum of the PQ where all national and regional exhibitions will share the same site...This site is connected with the history of PQ and is lled with memories of spaces ranging from a colorful cacophony of shapes and pavilion walls to more immersive spaces and unique shapes without enclosures, walls and scenographic “fences". We would like to encourage the curators and their teams to look at the exhibition design not as a separate entity, but rather as a site- specific collaborative scenographic task.
We live in a world that is rapidly changing; where the topic of borders, individual and collective identity, cultural thresholds, fast paced movement across boundaries and constant reframing of realities are woven through our thoughts and our lives.
The tensions between local and global, international and national are rising in many parts of the world and the question of identity and the border between what is familiar and what is seen as 'the other' is going through a complex evolution that brings both uncertainty and new creative energy.
In coming back to the Industrial Palace exhibition hall, where many past PQ exhibitions took place, we cannot and should not go back in time; nostalgia can be a dangerous thing. Let's not go back to the past era of exhibition pavilions as walled off spaces that often present only surfaces and bring only glimpses of performance moments that are difficult to grasp. This time the theme of borders, and the thresholds between imaginary and physical spaces, should lead our thoughts about the space we are going to share.
Every part of the scenographic universe, created to be experienced by the performer and audience, matters. In performance design/scenography every object, every sound, every figure and audience member plays an important role in the overall structure of its complex emotional composition. Each scenographic universe is orchestrated to stimulate the participant's mind, engage the imagination and create a memorable experience. And yet when we have to go back and re-create the essence of what we experienced in order to communicate the emotions to others, we stand in front of a complex problem: How can we recreate a moment that has passed for others to encounter? How do we preserve the emotional signatures of outstanding performances created in a specific locality, whilst finding inspiring ways to communicate its unique message to global audiences?
We would like to encourage a dialogue, collaboration and an environment that is purely scenographic, where every element has a meaning, where every shape and object was carefully chosen with a purpose. We are not interested in creating a series of small exhibition sub-spaces, but rather one scenographic landscape, containing distinct places where different kind of experience is offered.
Deadline for applications was 31 October 2017.