Registration for audience for Porous Borders symposium has been launched! 

Anlässlich des Jubiläums: 50 Jahre der PQ findet unter anderem das Symposium "Pourous Borders" vom 12. - 14. Oktober 2017 in Prag statt.

Hier erfahren Sie mehr über die Inhalte und den Ablauf des Symposiums. 

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Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Prague Quadrennial, the world’s largest festival of performance design and space, which invites its supporters to countless events, get-togethers, and performances over the course of 2017.

It has been exactly fifty years since the founding of PQ in 1967, and in that time it has grown from a narrowly focused exhibition of performance design to become the largest international event of its kind, bringing together top professionals in the fields of performance design, architecture and theatre.

Our 50th anniversary celebrations will culminate with an international autumn symposium of curators and scenographers, held from 12 to 14 October 2017 in Prague. The symposium, which is suitably called Porous Borders, will take place inside the former Federal Assembly, which during the communist era erected figurative political hurdles, barriers within the oppressed Czechoslovak society. After the Velvet Revolution, this space – which to this day is a symbol of communist oppression – became a temple of freedom soon after it became the new home of Radio Free Europe.

Main topics of the symposium

The Prague Quadrennial has invited curators, theatre professionals, scenographers, teachers, and theorists from around the world to join us at our autumn symposium to share their thoughts and opinions on national values and identities. Another topic of discussion will be the evolution of curatorial trends at today’s biennials, triennials, and quadrennials, including how they differ and what they have in common. What does the preparation of national exhibitions within the context of international exhibitions involve today, and what does the term “national exhibition” even mean in today’s day and age? These are the questions that we would like to discuss during the symposium’s presentations and discussions.

We live in a constantly changing world, where our approaches to life (and not just that) are influenced by the subject of “borders”. In many parts of the world, increased tension between local and global developments raises many questions regarding our personal identity and the identity of society as a whole. We also continually encounter the question of borders in our performance design work, where the dividing line between reality and imagination is blurred and the main task of the profession is to create new experiences far beyond the limits of daily reality.

Over the course of the symposium, we will also look back at five decades of the Prague Quadrennial and take an exclusive look at the locations for the next (14th) instalment of the Prague Quadrennial.

Preliminary program of the symposium

Thursday, October 12

Topic: Inspirational methods and taking advantage of the possibilities offered by a specific space / site-specific issues

• 50 years of the Prague Quadrennial

• The PQ 2019 international artistic team: concept for the 14th PQ in 2019

• visit to sites of PQ 2019

Friday, October 13

Topic: New curatorial methods

• Key speakers: The question of international expos and national presentations

• PQ Show&Tell

Saturday, October 14

Topic: Cooperating “without borders” with symposium participants

• PQ Show&Tell

• Discussion by German and Czech scenographers

• Closing of symposium

• Individual visits to sites of PQ 2019

• Celebration of PQ’s 50th anniversary - party

Do you want to attend the autumn symposium Porous Borders? Then fill out the preregistration form HERE by 30 Sept. 2017. The registration fee of EUR 10/CZK 250 includes admission to all of the symposium’s lectures and events, plus materials, refreshments, and admission to the party. The fee is payable upon registration on site.


New Building of the National Museum (old Federal Assembly)
Vinohradská 1
110 00 Prague 1

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