25 till 26 January 2014

On Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th January 2014, the first TATA workshop took place at Bureau Europa and the Mosa Factory. Upon the invitation of the TAAT multidisciplinary collective, a group of six architects and six theatre artists came together to research the experience of time in a designed space.

During this intensive workshop, participants were divided into pairs, a theatre maker with an architect, and quickly thrown in at the deep end. The newly formed duos were given just a few hours to develop a walking route in which space manipulates time. This resulted in a surprising series of spatial installations, with notable elements being the cadence of the material, peepholes, the history of the space, ‘split-screen’, and a remotely controlled kitchen.

On Saturday evening, as part of the workshop, designer-performer Frank den Oudsten gave an interactive lecture on 'narrative space'. Using a dazzling mix of projected images, theory, philosophy, improvisations, and (personal) stories, he described his vision of the ‘narrative order of things’. He explained how these need a broader interpretation of the term ‘scenography’, and, above all, a way of designing in which time is given to allow things to happen.

Sunday was graced by the presence of theatre director Nick Steur, who, using available objects, enacted a spontaneous improvisation with the participants. His extraordinary sense of balance and materiality also gave a huge boost to the rest of the workshop, in which the walking routes were discussed on the basis of the visualisations. The workshop concluded with a relaxing drink.

This first TATA workshop is part of the design process for HALL01, the first subproject of HALL33, which will be presented in Maastricht from 14 to 23 March as part of the ‘During TEFAF’ festival.

HALL01 is made possible with the support of Bureau Europa, Theatre aan het Vrijthof, SoAP, C/O, TAKT Dommelhof, and C-Mine.

The lecture and workshop are part of the series Notes& Notations , a research into sensory knowledge, the performativity and the representation of the architectural discipline.