Performing Architecture was a one-day symposium, bringing together significant theorists and practitioners in the fields of architecture and performance and inviting a broader engagement with the artistic and academic community. In parallel with the art world's return to performance and a renewed search for architecture's social and political relevance, this symposium seeks to move beyond disciplinary hegemony in the dissemination of architecture today.

Pedro Gadanho (MoMA) and RoseLee Goldberg (Performa) explored questions of political and aesthetic representation in their respective curatorial practices. Vito Acconci (Acconci Studio) and Jill Stoner (UC Berkeley) engaged the hermeneutics of performativity in the critical and material destructuring of space. Artist Mary Ellen Carroll demonstrated the performative gesture in her work, and question architecture’s appropriation of the public. Alex Schweder enacted a psychoanalytical architectural renovation in real time. Victoria Øye (Canadian Centre for Architecture), Brynne Hatton (Northwestern University), Carlin Wing (New York University), and Timothy Simonds (Brown University) presented research on the materialization of performance in contemporary architecture. With the issues addressed at "Performing Architecture," we hope to offer lasting provocations to how we think of the body, space, structure, and design in the disciplines of performance and architecture - and somewhere between the two. 

Session 1
Victoria Bugge Øye (Canadian Centre for Architecture)
Performing Architecture: A Theoretical Investigation on the Notion of Performativity

Brynn Hatton (Northwestern University) Silent Shout: Photography, Iran, Women and the Rooftop: 1953, 1979, 2009

Carlin Wing (New York University) Hitting Walls v.XX: The Performance of Limits

Timothy Simonds (Brown University) The Architecture of the Burrow

Session 2
Pedro Gadanho (MoMA)
RoseLee Goldberg (Performa)

Session 3
Vito Acconci (Acconci Studio)
Jill Stoner (UC Berkeley)

Liz Diller (Diller Scofidio+Renfro, Princeton)

Artist’s Talk
Mary Ellen Carroll

Psychoanalytic House Renovation
Alex Schweder

Closing Remarks


Organized by: Mei Lun Xue & Jesse Seegers

Graphic Design:
Jesse Seegers

Thank You to Sponsors:

Princeton University:
  • Program in American Studies
  • Department of Art & Archaeology
  • Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Graduate Student Government
  • Council of the Humanities
  • Interdisciplinary Doctoral Program in the Humanities
  • Program in Latin American Studies
  • Lewis Center for the Arts
  • Program in Media+Modernity
  • Department of Slavic Languages and Literature

Additional support provided by:
  • Jeffrey Brown and Elise Jaffe
  • Therrien-Barley