A research project questioning the types of parameters used in parametric design and diverting parameters away from the digital back to the physical and emotional body.

Multiple visions
Ideas and visions of our future lives in cities form the basis of this collision. Over 50 individuals answered an online questionnaire with the following three questions: What will be your role in the future city? What kind of sensations would you like to feel? And how do you imagine yourself moving about in your future city?

Improvisation to research spatial qualities
The gathered contributions became the parameters for improvisation-scores for three dancers. A computer program randomly assigned each dancer three parameters covering the three questions. The dancers improvise and interact with their assigned parameters and become agents investigating possible future interaction.

Visualisation and rethinking parameters
For an abstract visualisation the bodies were tracked during the improvisation to capture the intensity of interaction. The improvisations were analysed for their spatial and physical qualities and compared to the initial contributions. On the basis of this analysis the booklet suggests a range of spatial qualities (parameters) to consider when designing imaginary future spaces.

Juan Corres, Ixchel Mendoza, Louise Mochia and John Snyder

Supported by
Prof. Markus Bader, Prof. Norbert Palz, UdK, Berlin


‣ January 11 - 16

Cy-Co. The Cyborg Condition
Residency - Théâtre du Marché aux Grains, Bouxwiller, France

‣ July - October

Studio Grant Paris 2021


Elias Kurth (b. 1984 in Aarau, Switzerland) is an artist, performer and architect based in Berlin. Working across these disciplines, Elias Kurth explores the tensions between fictional and factual spaces, between individual fantasies and societal realities.
The projects vary in scale, duration and media, and always draw from the human body as a source of knowledge. Using movement as a thinking tool, Kurth develops intersections between performance, architecture and visual arts. His curiosity for the yet unknown and a strong sense for spaces and emotions create situational poignant experiences. The work, ranging from sensitive gestures to brute physical acts, reveals his playful reading of internal and external realities and their conflicts.

Elias Kurth graduated from London Contemporary Dance School ‘The Place’ (2009) and worked with several choreographers such as Lea Anderson, Requardt&Rosenberg or Compagnie Shifts. He graduated as an architect from the University of the Arts (UdK) in Berlin (2018) where he studied amongst others with Jean-Philippe Vassal, Enrique Sobejano, and Alexandra Ranner. He has worked as an architect for Andrés Jaque / Office for Political Innovation and Compagnie KHZ. His own work has been shown in the United Kingdom, Poland, Germany and Switzerland.

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