Register: NOV/21/2019, Submit: DEC/01/2019, Eligibility: Students, professionals, institutions; all design disciplines; individually, teams with unlimited number of members, Fee: Entry 20 USD, institutions 80; (more details on the competition website), Awards: Winner: 5,000 USD; 6 Runner-up (3 students and 3 professional): 1,100 USD each; 4 People’s Choice (2 students and 2 professionals): 600 USD each; 12 Honorable Mentions (6 students and 6 professionals): 500 USD each; (more details on the competition website)
Art is timeless. However, the mediums to show art in the physical realm are quite outdated. Theatres helped in the past in a generation when television and internet were yet to gain traction. In today’s world if people are not coming to view art (because of many factors), can’t art forms reach out to people? Can architecture and technology help us to reach out audiences in a way that appeals in today’s age? A Bioscope is a device (also referred as theatre in a box), which gave an audio visual experience portably. The idea behind this is to bring theatre like experience to the streets at a very tiny price. Its facilitator travelled from place to place bringing new visuals of artforms, places and performances through its short films inside it. This problem takes inspiration from street artists and equips them with a bioscope like architectural device that enables them to perform with a portable theatre on the streets of Madrid. The challenge here is to design a shared portable theatre box for a group of street artists.
The Madrid Artist’s Bioscope is conceived to be an all inclusive set up of what an artist should need for a performance, be it lights, speakers, props, backdrops, seats, modern visualization equipments, etc. The portable theatre box has to be compact in nature, keeping in mind an ease of movement through streets/urbanscapes or while being towed by a car. The bioscope is not conceived as a place for living for the artists, but as portable theatre only.
Spain and its culture is widely known for Flamenco music and dance, bullfights, vibrant beaches and lots of festivals and art forms that can be relished only when experienced live. It has been one of the cultural centers of Europe for thousands of years and has a culture that is based on a combination of historical influences, primarily that of Ancient Rome. Madrid the capital city of Spain with almost 6.6 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area, and the third largest city in the European Union. The city lies on the River Manzanares in the centre of the country. As the capital city of Spain, seat of government, and residence of the Spanish monarch, Madrid is also the political, economic and cultural centre of the country. It houses the famous Golden Triangle of Arts that comprises of three Museums and has one of the most visited art museums in the world.
PUBLIC SPACES OF MADRID
The city has a number of plazas and public squares in small and large scales that house open markets, gathering spaces, community space for the residents. Since 2010 the residents themselves have taken initiative to revamp unused urban spaces into areas of collaborative art and cultural centers. Campe de la cebada, La Tabacalera, were few of such projects that reclaimed old urban spaces to provide space for cultural and art events. Every public space has a different flavour and a different challenges to put on a show. How can architecture add value to these places in a temporal medium?
VOLUME OF THE PORTABLE BIOSCOPE
The design site is conceived as a volume, which finds its maximum shape by fitting in the dimension of portability and vehicular movement around the city of Madrid. This makes the bioscope a universally possible concept for artists all around the world. The height is restricted at 5m, but participants may consider a variety of uses when put in different locations, multiple configurations.
Participants can begin from a single plaza of Madrid or generic urban space to kickstart the design process and take inspiration in design through the context of this city. The design outcome can communicate to the urban scenarios of the world as well.