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Tanja Siems and Theo Lorenz

Participatory Performance and After Effect

Series: Performance, Protest and Politics, organised by Theo Lorenz
Date: Monday 27 January 2020
Time: 18:30
Venue: AA Lecture Hall
Running time: 77 mins

Finding a common ground is often the biggest obstacle in urban and cultural developments. This presentation focuses on performance as a platform to bring otherwise disconnected parties together through applied events. The aim of these performances is to generate tangible after-effects.

The lecture itself is such a performance. As a culinary participatory experience the event will bring various groups of the school together around changing dining tables to present examples of performances as platforms and protest. Each table is grouped around a topic that is negotiated and discussed with the aim of creating new initiatives and lasting effects.

Please note: spaces at the dinner are limited and seats will be assigned on a first come first served basis so please come early to ensure you get a seat and some food. The three course meal will be vegan and those with nut allergies should be advised that one dish will contain raw peanuts.  

Tanja Siems is an urban researcher and designer. She is a professor and the Head of the Institute for Spatial Research and Urban Performance in Germany. She received her PhD in 2002 and together with Theo Lorenz co-directs T2 spatialwork in London.

Theo Lorenz is an architect, painter and media artist. He has taught at the AA since 2000 and since 2008 has been the director of AAIS. Throughout his work in academia, practice (co-director T2 spatialwork) and art, his main interest lies in the research and application of projects through a mediated design process within creative networks.

Image: AA Members' Dinner during the AAIS Angle of Incidence Festival at Matadero Madrid with Olivia Te Cuida. Credit: Valerie Bennett

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