16 February 2011

Common Lecture: jeffrey Friedman on Dance and Space

Technical problems kept me from getting the LiveBlog going right today.  Still, here is the abstract:

Title:  Citing Site: Landscape and Ritual

Traditional societies often use ritual events as a performance-based index for expressing cultural values about landscape. These ritual events often celebrate and consecrate the siting of sacred buildings or reflect how societies si tuate themselves within the context of their cosomology, writ small in the form of sacred landscape and architecture.  In the 20th and 21st centuries, site-specific performance strives to interrogate, interpret and stimulate a performance-based discourse about land, architecture and "site." The lecture briefly surveys both practices, with visual examples of both traditional and contemporary works.

Late Response:
And I am struck by the central importance of context in these dance pieces.  Just like many examples of landscape architecture, they wouldn't make sense somewhere else.  In some ways these performance responses were more sensitive to their sites and their contexts than many designs.  One example dealt with the shifting sand and gravel underwater that caused the site to change during the performance.  This is great parallel to the dynamics of landscape architecture where the designed experience continues to change over seasons and years, often in ways that enhance great designs.

I think that the trend is clear that the competition between dance (blue) and space (red) is neck and neck:

At the end he referenced Halprin's classic RSVP Cycles.  Every student should take a little time to explore that.

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