christoph weber / marlene haring, courtyard design for the stadtmuseum st. pölten

christoph weber / marlene haring


courtyard design for the stadtmuseum st. pölten

The Karmeliterhof in the former St. Pölten Carmelite convent has excellent stage-like qualities: a simple, elegant stage-like historical façade, excellent acoustics, a calm that is only interrupted by the bells of the neighbouring tower and everyday sounds from within the building. The existing situation is added to, with the courtyard furnished to become a stage backdrop.
The waterproofed interior fittings provide a sculptural setting due to their unorthodox location in the outdoor area of the planted courtyard, transforming the entire grounds into a stage — whereby the objects are to entice the building's staff and visitors alike to use them. The work aims to make 'theatre' out of everyday acts, with the building playing itself. There are, however, also a couple of additional instructions from the artists for the museum and participating individuals to follow: screaming is allowed, reprimanding is allowed etc. A programme on the project is to be published for gratis distribution.
(Christoph Weber and Marlene Haring)

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