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Prague Quadrennial 2011 Features Two Spillman Farmer Architects’ Projects

Animatronics at the Prague Quadrennial, 2008: Nathaniel Mellors, Giantbum: Stage Three. Courtesy the artist and Matt´s Gallery, London; Galerie Diana Stigter, Amsterdam and MONITOR, Rome. Photo: Sam Drake, Tate Photography

BETHLEHEM, Pa., June 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Spillman Farmer Architects announced today that the ArtsQuest Center and Lafayette College’s Arts Plaza will be featured in the juried Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, the principal international exhibition of theatre design and scenic design. Held every four years in Prague Czechoslovakia, the Prague Quadrennial aims to present the most innovative projects, artists, and experts in the field of theatre and performance design from around the world.

In announcing the selection, Design Principal Joseph N. Biondo said, “The Prague Quadrennial brings together theater-makers from the world to present and discuss new ideas in performance. We are honored that two of our projects were selected to represent the United States. It is an exciting opportunity for Spillman Farmer Architects to participate in this global dialogue about architecture, design, and performance practices.”

The ArtsQuest Center and Lafayette Arts Plaza were selected for the National Exhibition within the Architecture Section, traditionally the main competitive section of the Prague Quadrennial. The National Exhibition, entitled NOW/NEXT, is organized by individual curators and presents work representing the most unique, specific, current trends of a country or region. Sited in the restored ancient church of St Anne’s at the Prague Crossroads, NOW/NEXT highlights artists who collaborate with architects and architecture to create performances as well as those who reject conventional theater architecture to find or create alternative performance spaces.

The ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks is a dynamic performing arts, media, and cultural center located on the landmark Bethlehem Steel site in eastern Pennsylvania. Representing a new type of hybrid project for the arts, it is part performance space, exhibition venue and art cinema. Video of the building is available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=POPD2ZUDcmE&feature=related.

The Arts Plaza at Lafayette College is a raw, open-air space for the arts. The space was envisioned as an outdoor black box that can host a wide array of planned and spontaneous artistic endeavors, including performance art, visual art exhibits, and small-group musical performances. The structure actually transforms an abandoned building as it responds to the built and natural environment of which it is part. Video, including footage from a recent performance in the Arts Plaza can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uuFvDZ6ZQf4.

Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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