Student Exhibition: RARE Stories of Unique Places

The Covid-19 years have made us rethink not only our usual ways of living but also communicating, learning, teaching, and creating. This was an unprecedented moment in living memory, but not the first time a challenge of this magnitude has happened. Similar life-changing moments are reflected in many different areas of art, theatre, and performance; we can find it in tales, legends, myths, stories, poems, music, dance, and games of various cultures across the globe. These can inspire us to reconsider defining events of our own past and they can also help us better understand our current situation and direct our future steps. Many of these inspirations, embedded in local customs and habits, can also instruct us in how to create a more sustainable life within our own cultures.

We are inviting creative interventions that take inspiration in your local knowledge, your local culture and identity – especially if you believe that your local ideas, materials, artistic approaches connected to communities, and genius loci of your place can bring inspiration to new and visionary works of performance design/scenography. With that intention, we ask participating schools and emerging designers to create an exhibition (or an immersive experience space) based on, or inspired by, the cultural knowledge of a place. We believe that the unique process of transformation of these local sources of imagination into new and RARE works of performance design/scenography will actively contribute to the sharing of stories to others from around the world. We encourage you to create scenographic experiences, based on this local knowledge, in which your performance design fully engages the participating audience’s senses, emotions, and perceptions. 

Careful thought should be given to the use of digital media, which should be combined with openness to tangible artistic experimentation and to inclusivity of societies and cultures.

This exhibition is competitive. Student Exhibition shows the work of students, young designers, and young designer’s studios representing their own country or region. This edition of PQ again encourages national/regional centers and curators to widen the search and include not only student designers and educational institutions, but also young designers and new emerging design studios (young designers up to 5 years after graduation).