Did you miss the PQ Symposium introducing the Open Calls?

The Prague Quadrennial recently published Open Calls for Projects that were the main topic of the PQ Online Symposium, which took place on November 2, 2021. If you missed it or want to remind yourself of essential information, you can watch a recording of the Symposium here.

The Symposium took the form of a Zoom webinar, and its first part was devoted to the PQ 2023 main exhibitions (Exhibition of Countries and Regions, and Student Exhibition). Also, the production team presented the PQ 2023 main location. In the second part of the Symposium, the international curatorial team introduced the Open Calls for Projects.

The recording of the Symposium is on the YouTube of the Prague Quadrennial, here.

A document presenting the main location of PQ 2023 can be downloaded here. To go through the main location, we highly recommend watching the Sense of Our Site movie capturing the Pražská Tržnice. The movie was made in collaboration with the creative film & video production Bao-haus.

Close your eyes, podcast with Arnold Aronson

Right now. Immediately. Close your eyes and say what surrounds you. What is the t-shirt colour of your colleague? From where does the sound come? If you don’t know, you forgot to watch and perceive the world around you. That is Arnold Aronson while discussing with Barbora Příhodová, the curator of PQ Talks.

Listen to the third episode of the PQ podcast series with Arnold Aronson, the theatre historian and professor of Theatre at Columbia University. He has a long association with the Prague Quadrennial since served as President of the jury, curator, general commissioner as well as the editor of The Disappearing Stage: Reflections. Last year, he was one of the PQ 2019 Ambassadors.

Now available on SoundCloudSpotify and PocketCasts!

For all episodes continue here.

Catalogue related instructions for curators and performers

The release date of Catalogue PQ 2019 is approaching and so we would like to confirm addresses via a Google form that was sent to curators and performers. The presale is now up and running at Prospero until 7 October 2019!

An early bird offer held until 7 October 2019 means a 20% off your order – your second copy being 20 EUR, and any additional ones 40 EUR. After 7 October 2019, the full price will be 50 EUR and your second catalogue will cost 25 EUR. Apart from your first complimentary copy, shipping is not included in the catalogue price.

KMH- The Royal College of Music

KMH – design of the Royal College of Music

The College of Music is a new center for a vital part of the vibrant and internationally acclaimed music life in Sweden, which also serves as a meeting point and a cultural scene inviting the general public.

Founded in 1771, as the educational part of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, The Royal College of Music in Stockholm is the world’s second oldest.

The new composition of the campus has resulted in architecture with a unique and strong identity.

Architectural themes have been the notions of music workshop, rhythm and gold-shimmering brass, all of which are also visible in the choice of materials.

The college contains four public concert halls for teaching, education, and performance. Each hall is designed for different kinds of musical focus with different acoustical needs. The requirements of tone control have called for a great deal of collaboration with acoustic consultants.

Acoustic sound insulation is very ambitious from an international perspective for music colleges, and the insulation degree is very high even between rehearsal rooms and corridors, many rooms are constructed as floating constructions with no contact to the main structure of the building, which has been a challenge for all consultants and contractors. All structural principles, materials, heating fixtures and lighting and are carefully chosen to meet the extremely high acoustical criteria.

A ceremonial inauguration and opening concert attended by the King and Queen was held in January 2017, followed by three days of popular festivities.

Country/Region Stockholm, Sweden

Designer AIX Arkitekter AB (SE)

Project Collaborators
Architect building: Tobias Rosberg
Architect Concert Halls: Annika Askerblom
Theatre Consultant: Torsten Nobling
Acoustic Consultant Concert Halls: Akusticon, Norconsult
Landscape architect: Funkia
Ventilation/Heating: Incoord
Electrical engineer: Incoord
Structural engineer: Hillstatik
Acoustic Consultant: LN Akustikmiljö
KMH Project Managers: Margareta Källström
KMH Senior Project Arch: Jasmina Jovanović Holm
KMH Assistant Project Arch.: Helena Ekelund
KMH Assistant Project Architect Stable and Facades: Anders Rosenberg
KMH Arch. Conservation Expertise: Johan Engström. Colla

Video Collaborators
Ace Media Group AB

Venue Contact
Web: www.kmh.se
FB: kmh.stockholm
IG: KMH – kungliga Musikhögskolan
TW: Kungl MusikH

Designer Contact
Web: www.aix.se
FB: aix – arkitekter
IG: aixarkitekter


The DOX multi-purpose hall was built during the last phase of the expansion of the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art – the largest space dedicated to contemporary art in the Czech Republic. Since the beginning, the founder and director of the DOX Centre, Leoš Válka, has intended to create a place where various artistic genres could meet. The DOX+ multi-purpose hall, designed by the Petr Hájek Architects studio and built in 2017–2018, is another important step in this direction.

The DOX+ multi-purpose hall also serves as a space for theatre and dance productions, a cinema, a lecture and presentation space, and, thanks to its superior acoustics, a first-class concert hall.

The hall capacity is 500 seats. Thanks to its parameters (the technical equipment, variable telescopic stand, interpreting booths, rehearsal space, capacity), the DOX+ hall is a new unique mid-size space in Prague. Its spatial and acoustic variability means new possibilities for multi-genre dramaturgy.  In its exhibition programme, the DOX Centre focuses on contemporary issues and on the work and presentation of Czech and foreign productions with the emphasis on their unique character and on the development of new forms of presentation. The building of the DOX Centre for Contemporary Art and the new DOX+ multi-purpose hall have a similar dramaturgy and joint operation. They create a unique complex like no other in the Czech Republic. In 2018, the DOX+ multi-purpose hall was nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award.

Video https://youtu.be/uMkGjBFiVbU

Country/Region Prague, Czech Republic

Design Petr Hájek architekti (CZ)

Project Collaborators
Petr Hájek, Martin Stoss, Tereza Keilová, Cornelia Klien, Cornelia Klien

Video Collaborators
Petra Římalová

Venue Contact
Web: https://www.dox.cz/en/

Designer Contact
Web: http://hajekarchitekti.cz/i

Roundabout and The Mix

studio three sixty° was founded following a commission to design Roundabout, the world’s first flat pack theatre.  Roundabout was designed and built for Paines Plough, a theatre company who specialise in touring new work. Roundabout enables them to fulfil their remit of being a national touring company. Roundabout can be put up by just six people in two days using no tools except an allen key; the simple modular design has been key to its success.  It has a diameter of 10 metres, seats 168 people in the round, and has now been on the road for five years.  We are delighted Roundabout has been granted a renewed three-year Arts Council Strategic Touring Grant which will guarantee funding until 2021. We were responsible for the design and fabrication of the structure, leading the team through an extensive design and prototype period and working with our stage engineering, lighting and scenic fabrication partners Total Solutions, Howard Eaton Lighting Ltd (HELL) and Factory Settings to deliver the build. Roundabout won The Stage Awards “Theatre Building of the Year” in 2015 and was voted “Best Fringe Venue” at the Edinburgh Festival. We set up studio three sixty to design and build more venues using the ethos and technology we developed for Roundabout, our next venue was The Mix.  The Mix is a fully flexible, multi-purpose event space. We designed and built The Mix in collaboration with HELL, and they now hire it out commercially to clients such as ITV. It has been the flagship venue for High Tide’s festival of new work in Walthamstow for the last two years.

Country/Region United Kingdom

Designer studio three sixty° (UK)

Project Collaborators
Commissioned: Paines Plough
Design Collaborator and Lighting Fabricator: Howard Eaton Lighting Ltd
Stage Engineering Fabrication: Total Solutions Group
Scenic Construction: Factory Settings
Mentorship: Charcoalblue

Video Collaborators
Filmmaker and Editor: Ben Crocker
Editor: Josh Fletcher

Sala Beckett / Theatre and International Drama Centre

Barcelona, Sala Beckett, 2016. This film is composed by parts of conversations, walls, materials, faces, activities… Materials and people that are part of this building, that come from the past or the future, and are represented by it. A voiceover built by parts of conversations with some neighbours, the architects, and people who works in the theatre, goes through the building. This film is about the results of remodelling Sala Beckett, a space for creation, a claim to share and to pay attention to details. This is how life becomes intense.

Country/Region Barcelona, Spain

Designer Flores & Prats Architects (ES)

Project Collaborators
Architects: Ricardo Flores and Eva Prats
Theatre and Stage Adviser: Engineer Marc Comas
Acoustic Adviser: Arau Acústica
Structure Adviser: Architect Manuel Arguijo
Installations: AJ Ingeniería
Client: Toni Casares, Sala Beckett
Collaborators: Jorge Casajús, Micol Bergamo, Emanuele Lisci, Eirene Presmanes

Video Collaborators
Filmmaker: Albert Badia
Producer: 15-L. FILMS
Production Assistants: Lukas Naraskevicius, Patricia Tamayo
Voice: Toni Casares, Director of Sala Beckett
Voice: Eva Prats, Architect of Sala Beckett
Voice: Ricardo Flores, Architect of Sala Beckett
Voice: Aina Tur, Programming and Head of Relations with Companies
Voice: Sergi Belbel, Dramatist and Professior of Sala Beckett

Venue Contact
Web: https://www.salabeckett.cat/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/SalaBeckett/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/salabeckett/
TW: https://twitter.com/salabeckett

Designer Contact
Web: http://floresprats.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/FloresPrats/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/floresyprats
TW: https://twitter.com/FloresyPrats

Hall I + Abra Ensemble

Hall 1, erected on the rooftop of Salame 60 in Tel Aviv, is inspired by a mathematical “illumination problem”. The problem was introduced in the 1950’s by Ernst Strauss and was solved by Sir Roger Penrose.

The solution to the illumination problem demonstrated that there exists a room with curved walls which will always have dark regions if it’s lit by a single point light source even though the light is refracted off the walls indefinitely.

I wanted to examine what would happen when I realize a physical space based on the topological properties of this concept and what would be suggested by it once it’s constructed.

Hall I was erected on the balcony of the MFA program of the Bezalel Art Academy in South Tel Aviv- a rapidly gentrifying part of the city. The building will be torn down within a year to make way for a fancy new construction project.

Building the hall was a somewhat absurd reaction to this inevitable process of urban renewal. It is an architectural parasite of sorts.

I was aware of Abra ensemble’s site-specific sound performances and was curious as to how sound would behave in Hall I given that sound waves are not dissimilar to light waves in terms of their overall physical behaviour.

Abra’s performance lent to the space a whole new meaning and honored the artistic endeavours undertaken in the condemned building upon which Hall 1 was erected.

Country/Region Tel Aviv, Israel

Designer Yasha Rozov + Abra Ensemble (IL)

Project Collaborators
Designer: Yasha Rozov
Constructor: Ofer Cohen
3D Sketches: Eitan Melamed
CNC: Amir Weiss

Video Collaborators
Abra Ensemble: Yifeat Ziv, Faye Shapiro, Noa Haran, Chanan Ben Simon
Editor & Videographer: Aviad Fuchs

Designer Contact
Web: http://yasharozov.com/site

Teatro de Contêiner Mungunzá

Built with 11 containners, Teatro de Contêiner Mungunzá is a cultural pole and also works as a Cia. Mungunzá’s headquarters. It became the biggest reference about architecture and democratization of access to culture, in Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest city. Through free tickets activities or affordable prices tickets, it tries to promote the democratization of the access to culture and re-signification of the territory where it is located. The space works as a cultural mediator of relations, due to its popular access. Visited by the surroundings (which is made by neighbors, shopkeepers, and people that are in an extreme social vulnerable situation), by artists that works with different languages and by people from the Paulistan theatrical class. The space gathers different niches, therefore, collaborates to the demystification of social cultural stigmas and unites initiatives that works in city’s favor. Because we are in the Crackland’s heart, we developed a social mediation with drugs addicts and homeless people. Our last play, Silver Epidemic (2018), constitutes an ethnographic-scenic document that discuss and reveals the relation between company’s artists and people that live nearby. The Teatro de Contêiner Mungunzá became a public policies beacon. In two years, it received over 150 thousand people in, approximately, 700 artistic and social activities. It was nominated to the most prestigious awards related to architecture, visual arts, becoming a reference in terms of cultural management with a large program of socio-educational mediation.

Video https://youtu.be/ftjTm1ewlkA

Country/Region Sao Paulo, Brazil

Designer Leonardo Akio, Lucas Beda, Marcos Felipe, Pedro Augusto, Sandra Modesto, Verônica Gentilin e Virginia Iglesias (BR)

Project Collaborators
Director/Curator/Design: Leonardo Akio
Director/Curator/Producer: Marcos Felipe
Director/Curator/Social Innovation: Verônica Gentilin
Director/CEO: Lucas Beda
Director/Technical Manager: Pedro Augusto
Director/Production Executive: Sandra Modesto
Director/Production Executive/Financial Manager: Virginia Iglesias
Paulistan Theater Cooperative

Video Collaborators
Director: Lucas Beda
Director: Verônica Gentilin
Final Editor: Lucas Beda
Script/edition: Verônica Gentilin
Interviewee: Luis Fernando Marques
Interviewee: Marcos Felipe

Additional Collaborators
Diego Cariri, Fabian Alonso, Fábio Lima, Filipe Ramos, Flávio Barollo, Galiana Brasil, Gilson Silva, Letícia Rodrigues, Luiz Amaral Jr., Paloma Rocha, Priscila Pulga, Sheila Pereira.

Venue Contact
Web: https://www.ciamungunza.com.br/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/CiaMungunzaDeTeatro/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/1026288696/cia-mungunza-de-teatro?hl=pt

Designer Contact
Web: http://lucasbeda.blogspot.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/leonardo.akio.9

HALL06 (part of HALL33)

HALL06 is the sixth in the series of 32 sub projects that works towards the building that is a theater play and the theater play that is a building (HALL33). In the installation HALL06 two participants – strangers – encounter in a wordless dialogue in space. They are asked to enter and go at the same pace and to find a common rhythm. Every room is an invitation for interaction, a place for a shared experience to unfold in time. The space is designed as an “architectural dramaturgy”. Together the participants make and share a highly unique momentum, based on openness, subtle playfulness and generosity.

HALL06 was presented at Theaterhaus Gessnerallee, during the Keine Disziplin Festival. Design and theater students of Köln International School of Design and The National Theater Institute of Latvia have co-designed and build the installation, with expert input by scent curator Ashraf Osman and perfumer Andreas Wilhelm. Moderated Meetings were organized on opening night with Maika Knoblich (Quast & Knoblich) and Daniel Morgenthaler (Helmhaus Zürich) and on January 30th hosting Xavier Bellprat (Bellprat Partners) and Christoph Kellenberger (OOS).

Country/Region Zürich, Switserland

Designer TAAT (BE, NL)

Project Collaborators
Breg Horemans, Gert-Jan Stam

Video Collaborators
Ilona Van Den Brekel

Venue Contact
Web: https://www.gessnerallee.ch/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/Gessnerallee/?ref=br_rs
IG: https://www.instagram.com/gessneralleezh/?hl=en

Designer Contact
Web: http://taat-projects.com/
FB: https://www.facebook.com/taatprojects/
IG: https://www.instagram.com/taat_projects/?hl=en