Welcome to an open lecture and discussion with the Berlin based Artist and Director Daniel Kötter.                 
tate-theatre: Performing Ruins

Time: Thursday, December 4, at 18.00-20.00
Place: House 28, Royal Institute of Art, Flaggmansvägen 1, Skeppsholmen, Stockholm.
Language: English


Daniel Kötter will present “state-theatre: Lagos” which is one of a series of six experimental video documentaries all dealing with the role and ruins of national stages. The series are the result of a collaborative work together with, among others, the stage designer and artist Constanze Fischbeck.

Latest shown at the Venice Architecture Biennial 2014, the series include documentations of performances made on location in Lagos, Teheran, Berlin, Detroit, Beirut and Mönchengladbach.  The video works explore the stages as architectural spaces, reflecting their context as well as their history in highly differentiated perspectives. The camera work as well as the performances by actors, dancers or experts construct a discursive architecture.

The word 'theatre' refers first and foremost to the place and architecture of a performance, rather than to what is being performed. Even after centuries, a theatre’s architecture represents the visual order from which it emerged: the possibilities for artistic production are historically conditioned. The geometrical space of architecture is pitted against the anthropological space of its use.

The lecture is part of the ongoing course Art & Architecture: I never promised you a Rose Garden – Urban Cultures and Spatial Justice: Greater Detroit, Stockholm, Berlin, currently running at Mejan Arc, Royal Institute of Art. Moderation: Jochen Becker.