Athens, Greece

Performance Architecture

when 27 July 2023 - 31 July 2023
language English
duration 1 week
fee GBP 480

Discover the interconnections of architecture: Architecture is moving, architecture is progressing, architecture is dancing, architecture is feeling.

The ‘Performance Architecture School’ is an exciting learning journey which combines architecture art, cinematography and performance . Their aim is to inspire, broaden and challenge the possibilities of spatial representation and design. The participants are invited to work on ways of designing that use the body as an instrument of thinking, sensing, drawing and sculpting space. The ‘Performance Architecture School’ is designed to give an alternative, critical view to the study, use and production of space on both urban and architectural scales.

Performance Architecture is an innovative direction of the architectural discipline focusing on the sensorial and experiential elements of space and employing the human body as a drawing, thinking, making, sculpting and cognitive tool for the production of space.

Performance and Architecture have both a historical and contemporary presence in the vibrant city of Athens, where the Performance Architecture School returns this summer.

Exploring the unification of the two disciplines in this unique city employs body, mind and space in the reshaping of perceptions about the built and un-built environment, our movement and our senses.

The rich cultural, social and political background of Athens and the history of performance of the city provides endless inspiration, ground for study and opportunities for creativity. The museums, archaeological spaces, art institutions, avant garde groups and vibrant public spaces form a key part of the school's programme and inform the learning experience. Participants will benefit by creating works that truly engage with the complex and rich city resources combining both intelligence and inter-disciplinary thinking.

Find out more on our website.

Course leader

Ursula (Orsalia) Dimitriou, Dipl Arch Eng, MA, PhD, Associate Lecturer CSM, Architect ARB

Aliki Kylika
Performance Architect

Eliza Soroga Award- winning Performance Artist

Target group

The course addresses anyone with an interest in architecture and performance regardless of experience in either field, who wishes to gain a better understanding and create work around the meeting ground of the two.

Participants must expect to challenge their body movements to some degree whilst expanding their spatial understanding.

We aim to create an interdisciplinary group and approach in understanding space. Our participants usually come from a variety of disciplines including dance, architecture, visual arts, performance art, acting, cinema, moving image, dramaturgy, game design, photography, graphic design, interior design and literature.

Classes will be entirely taught in English.

Course aim

During a 5-day long multidisciplinary programme of exercises, theory, collective urban explorations in historic routes and critical thinking you will be guided to the production of new collaborative performative work within the context of performance architecture in Athens.

Building your portfolio
The participants will be benefited in building or improving their portfolio and their body of work. Upon completion of the course the participants will have produced exciting and fresh performance architecture works presented together in a form of a complete portfolio highlighting a strong and unique interdisciplinary thinking.

Learn new skills and avant-garde design methods
The participants will enrich their design vocabulary with new gestures and methods, will gain an out of the box understanding of the relationship between body and space and learn how to practically use this relationship in order to develop creative projects.

Learn how to curate and present your work
Outcomes and research materials produced within the course will be presented at the end of the course. Through project reviews and project presentation participants will form a critical stance to their personal and their group work, and critically review the effectiveness and appropriateness of their chosen performative methods and results. The participants will learn how to have a critical and contextual awareness of different perspectives and approaches within their subjects of study or work, and how to effectively present themselves and their work to appropriate audiences.

Fee info

GBP 480: (GBP) upfront payment
Application Deadline:
19 April 2023
GBP 420: (GBP) upfront payment
Application Deadline:
Early bird deadline 08 March 2023