Archi-Performers

Jeanne Gang and Nick Cave, Here Hear, 2017, Courtesy of Navy Pier, © James Richards IV.

Architecture-driven performing art projectsò Chicago 2017. Jeanne Gang and Nick Cave –
Courtesy of Navy Pier, © James Richards IV.

Chicago 2017 – American actor and singer Martin Mull once criticised music critics saying that “writing about music is like dancing about architecture”. Four architecture-driven performing arts projects at Chicago Architecture Biennial kind of proved him wrong. Are performing arts the new medium to narrate architecture?

• RELATED STORIES: Read more about Chicago Architecture Biennial 2017 on Archipanic…


A dancing quartet makes some noise in SO-IL and Ana Prvacki’s air-filtering costumes

SO-IL with Ana Ana Prvacki - Photo by Steve Hall.

Photo by Steve Hall.

At the Garfield Park Conservatory, SO-IL and Ana Prvacki showcased the L’air pour l’air musical performance with artists wearing air-filtering costumes which were designed to clean the air through breathing. Each white enclosure was shaped to accommodate the different musical instruments. “The installation and performance encourage its viewers to meditate upon the complex notions such as the relationship between purity and pollution, and the distinctions between self, body, objects, and nature,” said a statement from US architecture firm SO-IL.


Dance routine in Mies van der Rohe’s see-through architecture

Greard & Kelly performance @ Farnsworth House - Photo by Bradley Glanzrock, LStopMedia.com.

Photo by Bradley Glanzrock, LStopMedia.com.

Mies van der Rohe’s Farnsworth House in Chicago’s western suburbs host the third chapter of Gerard & Kelly’s Modern Living series of site-specific performances and videos exploring how architecture can shape our domestic rituals and inter-presonal interaction.


Jeanne Gang and Nick Cave Design a Flexible Performance Space

Jeanne Gang and Nick Cave, Here Hear, 2017, Courtesy of Navy Pier, © James Richards IV.

© James Richards IV.

How best to architecturally create a magical space? Asked artist Nick Cave to Chicago architect Jeanne Gang. At the Navy Pier ballroom, a flexible environment of more than 200 reflective silver Stage Buoys to defined and interacted with Cave’s performances with dancers wearing colorful costumes.


Sound and movement interact with the iconic Palais de Tokyo

© Palais de Tokyo

© Palais de Tokyo

How do artists appropriate the various methods used in architecture? 13 artists took over the iconic Palais de Tokyo designed by Burnham & Root in 1881 with original productions and pre-existent works. Among the installations Andrew Schachman’s Observatory, a ten-step wooden lookout offering a panoramic view of the scene and Thomas Teurlai’s Score for Bodies and Machines which employs photocopies to create a visual maze and amplified copier noise to fill the rotund space.


Greard & Kelly performance @ Farnsworth House - Photo by Bradley Glanzrock, LStopMedia.com.

Photo by Bradley Glanzrock, LStopMedia.com.

Performance art is a medium of growing importance and brings to the biennial a time-based component that most traditional mediums could not.” Says co-curator Mark Lee to Dezeen.

• RELATED STORIES: Read more about dance related architecture projects…

SO-IL with Ana Ana Prvacki - Photo by Steve Hall.

Photo by Steve Hall.

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