Urban Scenographies: Sm'arting the City

This workshop explores urban scenography – how cities perform and how we perform within them – as a means of recognizing and critically engaging with the spatial politics of “smart cities”, which are deeply entangled with ideas of the “right to the city.” It asks: What is a smart city and who is it for? Sm’arting the City is a three-day exploratory master workshop that invites participants to survey ‘smart’ in all its machinations. It proposes short sharp spatial interventions as investigative strategies for asserting the city as a dispersed platform of multiple overlapping sites that encourage, facilitate, control and/or limit public performances.

Workshop Leader Biography:
Professor Dorita Hannah is an independent artist, curator, performance designer, theatre architect and event dramaturg aligned with the University of Auckland (NZ), University of Tasmania (Australia) and Aalto University (Finland). Her design practice focuses on designing and curating live events, installations and exhibitions, as well as expertise in shaping performance space and spatial performativity. Her publications include Performance Design (2008) and Event-Space: Theatre Architecture & the Historical AvantGarde (2018). Her projects include a number of DanceArchitecture events (Athens, Perth, Auckland, Prague), SeaChange: Performing a Fluid Continent (Rarotonga, Cook Islands, 2015) and Public Kitchen (Hobart, Australia, 2016).

Dr Shauna Janssen is based at Concordia University, Montreal, as Assistant Professor in both the Department of Theatre and Geography, Planning & Environment while directing the Institute for Urban Futures. Her research and curatorial projects focus on urban performances, public space, and expanded scenographic practices. She has created and staged collaborative and performative siteresponsive works and installations in Quebec, Germany, Australia, New Zealand and, most recently, collaborated with Dr Hannah on PhoneHome, an installation created for the Chile Architecture and Urbanism Biennial (2017).

13—15 06 2019 10:00—18:00
Where DAMU R312