Abstract

A Space without a Use is an installation and participatory event that was houses in one of twenty temporary shipping containers that were setup in the harbour of Wellington, New Zealand. This project proposed a space without a use, a room without necessity. Two performers welcomed the visitors, and small beakers filled to the brim with water were given to those who wanted to enter the space, the precarious load slowing down their rhythms and suspending habits. The work drew on George Perec’s writing in Species of Spaces and other Pieces (2008), in which he considered the possibility of a space without a use. Uselessness, traditionally associated with failure and waste, here constitutes an alternative to the ubiquitous modern credo of productivity and purpose. Uselessness is claimed as that which renders us more human. The project was re-presented in the UK at the Hastings Fringe, Hastings 2017, and at Liquidscapes, Dartington 2018.
Original languageEnglish
Media of outputOnline
SizeDurational, participatory performance
Publication statusPublished - 16 Mar 2017
Eventother - Performance Arcade, Wellington Harbour, Wellington New Zealand, 16/3/2017 - 19/03/2017
Duration: 16 Mar 2017 → …

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Rhythm
Productivity
Credo
Water
Performer
Dartington
Shipping
New Zealand
Harbors
Georges Perec
Beaker
Render
Habit

Keywords

  • performance
  • participation
  • live art
  • uselessness
  • failure
  • waste
  • George Perec

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A Space Without A Use. Kappenberg, Claudia (Author/Creator). 2017. Event: other, Performance Arcade, Wellington Harbour, Wellington New Zealand, 16/3/2017 - 19/03/2017.

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