Placing Space: Architecture, Action, Dimension

University of Maryland, 2007

Placing Space, a unique interdisciplinary summer course for architecture and dance students, provided an opportunity to mutually investigate the reciprocal role that movement and space can play in each other’s formation. My fellow teachers, both choreographers, and I agreed that the effect of space on movement and reciprocally the effect of movement on space are intertwined and inseparable. In order to encourage multiple ways of addressing and studying this condition, I designed a laboratory environment to research embodied spatial experience; enable the manipulation and study of spatial, temporal and movement relationships at full scale and in real time; and, through our collaboration and the context of our respective disciplines, we developed an explorative pedagogy based on dialogue, experimentation and play.

Partners: Dana Reitz and Bebe Miller, choreographers