Spatial Performance & Design AAIS event, SUPERPOSITION, 2015, Museum Quarter Vienna - Argyris Angeli, Kyriaki Nasioula, Justyna Choli, Shuin Park and Menglan Wu with Joe Walking, Renaud Wiser and Georgia Tegou, photo Valerie Bennett

Spatial Performance & Design

Studio Director Theo Lorenz, Studio Master Tanja Siems, Collaborators Andrew Dean, David McAlmont, Heiko Kalmbach, Joel Newman, Malgorzata Dzierzon, Marucio Pauly, Renaud Wiser, Steve Webb


12 months


18 months

AA Interprofessional Studio (AAIS) explores alternative forms of interdisciplinary collaboration through the research, conception, design and production of genre-defying construction and spatial performance. By challenging the relationship between art and architecture through the creation unique project-events - dance, theatre and musical performances, exhibitions and festivals - AAIS aims to expose the hidden 'worknet' that overlays multiple professions and their outputs. Operating as an interdisciplinary creative office where knowledge exchange is one of the core points of focus, the studio, offered as a 12-month MA or 18-month MFA, encourages students to develop a language for communicating across creative disciplines.

The programme is structured in two phases. Phase 1, running from Term 1 to Term 3, concentrates on design studios and seminar-based lectures on the history and theory of interdisciplinary and interprofessional collaboration as well as network-based design and organisation and the realisation of applied events and installations that result from the group's various collaborations. Phase 2 concentrates on development of the individual thesis - either as a written dissertation during Term 4 (MA) or as applied practice during Terms 4 and 5 (MFA).

Drawing on experts from backgrounds as diverse as performance, design, music, film, photography, fashion, communication and curation, the studio gives students an opportunity to step away from their current research or academic activities to develop new creative skills and grow their professional network. In contrast to typical interdisciplinary design approaches, where individual professions remain in their respective fields of expertise, the AAIS seeks to place students outside their comfort zones so that they may glean knowledge from other disciplines - ultimately influencing, extending and adjusting their own creative process of practice. Alongside lectures, seminars, talks, symposia and workshops, the programme's applied projects in the creative field serve as generators for the year's work, guaranteeing a high level of focus and public participation.

Trust, Truth, Integrity
We collaborate to create, to teach, to revolt. For such a collaboration to take place, we must be able to trust in our fellows' abilities and integrity. This year AAIS will research core questions of collaboration while simultaneously using the very act of collaborating as the creative inspiration for the studio's work. In this context, trust is encouraged. It can arise naturally and instinctively, but it is just as easily misplaced.

Extending the idea of trust into the spatial realm, can it be defined and specified in design terms? Is it predictable? Can it predict? Trust is adjustable, but is it mechanical? Can it be systemised? Can it be plastic? Is it prone to collapse? What does trust have to do with truth? When applied in tandem, do they aid collaboration, teaching, creation or revolution?

Despite being an essential part of collaboration, is trusting each other delusional? Is trust a leap of faith? When trust is active, is 'getting screwed' a by-product? More significantly, how does trust function during crises ? as a means of navigation?

Are we invested with adequate reserves of trust? If the reserves are extant, can they facilitate friendship, collaboration, community or state? Who trusts a government? Does a government trust its electorate? Is it trusting to pay taxes? Is it trusting to vote? Is trust manipulated by a ruling class? Is truth moulded by powers? Can I trust you? Do you trust me? Renaud


Theo Lorenz is an architect, painter and media artist. Trespassing between art and architecture, his interests lie at the convergence of digital and physical space. He has taught at the AA since 2000 and has directed the AA Interprofessional Studio since 2008.

Tanja Siems is an urban designer and infrastructural planner and the director of the interdisciplinary practice, T2 spatialwork. She co-leads the AAIS programme and is a professor of urban design at the Bergische University, Germany.

Andrew Dean has sold over 20 million records as the songwriter and producer A n R'd. He started life as a world renowned DJ and ater discovered Joss Stone, Bush and Lily Allen. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Brits, Grammys and Ivor Novellos

David McAlmont is a singer with 20 years experience as a recording artist, lyric consultant, teacher and workshop facilitator as well as an art historian.

Heiko Kalmbach is a filmmaker, theatre director and video artist based in Berlin. His award-winning shorts have screened internationally. He is co-founder of the Berlin-based production company Spoonfilm and the performance group Naturaleza Humana

Joel Newman has taught video at the AA since 1998. He exhibited video works at various galleries and events including the AA, the Architecture Foundation, Gasworks Gallery, ICA, Pandaemonium Biennial of Moving Images, Whitechapel Art Gallery and São Paulo Biennale of Alternative Art and Music.

Malgorzata is is a Londonbased dancer, choreographer and producer. She has danced with Rambert, Gothenburg Ballet, Singapore Dance Theatre, Peter Schaufuss Ballet and the Royal Danish Ballet. As a choreographer she has been commissioned to create work for Kettle's Yard, the Serpentine Gallery and Rambert.

Marucio Pauly is co-artistic director of Distractfold and a founding member of the áltaVoz. He also teaches at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. After studying in San José and in Boston, Miami and The Hague, he obtained a PhD from the University of Manchester's NOVARS Research Centre in 2011

Renaud Wiser has worked with renowned companies including the Geneva Ballet, the Ballet National de Marseille, Gothenburg Ballet, Rambert and Bonachela Dance Company. In 2013 Renaud launched Renaud Wiser Dance Company. He is co-founder of the New Movement Collective.

Steve Webb is a co-founder of Webb Yates Engineers. He has been involved with many exciting projects including the arch at Wembley Stadium and Calatrava's Turning Torso tower in Malmo.

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