Foreign Affairs I

Bärbel Müller
Architecture, [applied] Foreign Affairs
2019W, Seminar (SE), 4.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S02405


[a]FA Conakry : Play Urban

[applied] Foreign Affairs will collaborate with a team of scenographers and artists as part of the performance festival Univers des Mots in Conakry, Guinea, between May and December 2019. The joint lab is a transdisciplinary, transcultural project by [a]FA (Institute of Architecture, University of Applied Arts Vienna), Play>Urban (Jean Christophe Lanquetin, François Duconseille; Scenography, Haute école des arts du Rhin, Strasbourg), and Bilia Bah and Hakim Bah (Artistic Directors, Univers des Mots, Conakry).

The collaboration will conceptualize and realize stagings in the neighborhood of La Minière in Conakry. Urban space(s) will be identified and transformed as places for performance, theatre and gathering for a festival dedicated to artistic creations, with a program comprising of about ten theater productions.

The notion and practice of urban acupuncture will guide spatial, scenographic, artistic, and performative interventions. Urban points and fields will be identified which have the potential to mingle the rhythms and dynamics of daily life with the world of theatre. A transdisciplinary, transcultural team of students will articulate scenarios for intervention which bridge between the city and the festival, exploring and negotiating the specific urban context, but also the given material for the theater productions.

Baerbel Mueller, with Frida Robles 


Lab Dates:

September 30 Monday / 11:00am-05:00pm 

October 04 Friday / 10:00am-04:00pm

October 23 Wednesday / 05:00pm-07:00pm

October 30 Wednesday / 05:00pm-07:00pm

November 06 - November 17 / field lab in Conakry, Guinea




No application possible, the project team has been selected last term

Key Words

urban intervention, theatre, scenography, africa, guinea, conakry

co-registration: possible

Architecture (Master): Supplementary Subjects

Individual courses: possible