A Space Without A Use

Durational performance installation, The Performance Arcade, Wellington NZ March 2017

The Performance Arcade

16-19th March 2017 Wellington, New Zealand

Can you imagine a space which serves for nothing and relates to nothing? A Space Without A Use proposes such a space, a room without use or necessity. Two performers guard the space and welcome the visitors. Small beakers filled to the brim with water are given to those who want to enter the space, the precarious load slowing down their rhythms and suspending habits.

The work draws on Georges Perec’s writing in Species of Spaces and other Pieces (2008), in which he considers the possibility of a space without a use. Uselessness, traditionally associated with failure and waste, here constitutes an alternative to the ubiquitous modern credo of productivity and purpose. Uselessness is claimed as that which renders us more human.

Performed by: Claudia Kappenberg, Andrew Downs


Also performed at Hastings Fringe, 2 - 3 September 2017, 12-5pm, The Printworks Alley, Hastings; Liquidscape, Dartington Hall, Totnes 2018; Communal, University of Brighton Galleries, Brighton 2019.