DOUBLE PLAY – Two Spillman Farmer projects will be representing the United States at Prague Quadrennial 2011. Every four years, the Prague Quadrennial transforms the city of Prague into the center of the performing arts universe for 11 days: this year from June 16 to 26.
Lafayette College Arts Plaza and the Artsquest Center at SteelStacks will both be exhibited as part of the Architecture Section’s National Exhibition, showcasing the architecture of performance around the world. The United States’ entry into the National Exhibition was curated and designed by Scott Georgeson of Workshop Architects. The photos below show the US exhibit prior to its installation in Prague. We appreciate how the U. S. exhibit captures the multidimensionality, complexity, and diversity of the architecture of performance in America today.
From the Prague Quadrennial website – “The aim of the PQ ‘11 Architecture Section is to provoke architects, theatre-makers, and the public into re-thinking the potential of performance space in the new century by creating a dynamic meeting space at the PQ for presenting, representing, and discussing new ideas. Is performance space new, found, recycled, old, fresh, safe, or dangerous? Is it inside, outside, traditional, or radical? Is it a purpose-built venue, a found site, a virtual world, or simply any space creatively claimed by performance?”
You can see more performances at both venues in the following video links:
- Lafayette College Arts Plaza: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuFvDZ6ZQf4
- Artsquest Center at Steelstacks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6qhZC8lgjw
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Joseph Biondo, FAIA
Spillman Farmer Design Principal Joseph N. Biondo was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and graduated from the Kansas State University College of Architecture, Planning and Design. Shortly after graduation, he pursued a lengthy career with Bohlin Cywinski Jackson Architects, where he worked closely with AIA Gold Medal recipient Peter Bohlin. In 1996, he established Joseph N. Biondo Architects, before joining Spillman Farmer Architects in 2003, where he is currently bringing design excellence to the forefront.More articles by Joseph