TB_Field of Code

My field is concerned with firing up a spectacle, the likes of which architecture could never do alone.

A primary agent in this spectacle is collectif and then (CAT); an emerging circus theatre group in London.

In the summer of 2010 CAT bought a barge in Holland, set up a circus on its roof and sailed along the canals to the south of France, performing shows and picking up artists and musicians along the way. The boat now lives in London where it steadily cruises around Hackney Wick, Fish Island and Victoria Park, as an alternative performance space and home for CAT.


1_POLITICAL_The proximity of the Olympic Park to the canal sets up the potential for the juxtaposition of a ‘top-down’ highly politicized event space and a truly ‘bottom-up’ circus space. The necessary political navigation of differing agendas around one table should provide for an interesting investigation.

2_SOCIAL_CAT is fundamentally collective, and hence provides a rich opening into many artistic communities, performers and skilled workers, many of whom reside in Hackney Wick and the surrounding area. There’s also opportunity to play with differing scales – small collectives and large ones.

3_LEGAL_Life on the waterways has its own set of rules and regulations which could provide unique problems and hence a need for creative solutions, and also investigations into what happens when these rules are twisted/contravened/or exceeded.

4_ACROBATIC_Concerning extraordinary feats of balance, agility, and motor coordination, primarily in humans, but can also be applied directly to the space for such activities. The extraordinary component is fundamental to firing up a spectacle.

5_PERFORMANCE / observation_How different agents – the performer or the audience member – are able to transgress traditional boundaries, and how differing roles create different spaces.

My 5 codes to fire up a spectacle


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