On Monday, 22 June at the Archa Theatre, the awards for the Prague Quadrennial 2015 were presented to this year’s winners. The international jury awarded the Golden Triga for best exposition to the Estonian project Unified Estonia
The Gold Medal for Best Exhibition Design went to Belgium, the Netherlands were recognized for Best Curatorial Concept, and Best Performance Design went to the Chinese team. The jury voted in a wide range of categories, including exhibition design, innovative approach to performance design, performance architecture, promising student talent, and the exposition’s ability to provoke dialogue – a total of 22 prizes. The Prague Quadrennial 2015 jury consisted of outstanding directors Kirsten Dehlholm, Antônio Araújo and Dmitrij Krymov; scenographers and artists Eloise Kazan, Katrina Neiburga, Kamila Polívková and Dominic Huber; theorist Joslin McKinney and architect Radivoje Dinulović.
The main award at the Prague Quadrennial 2015, the Golden Triga PQ 2015 for the Best Exposition, went to Estonia for Unified Estonia. This project, which presented a fictional movement founded by Theatre NO99 that, over two months, became a relevant political force with 25% of votes in public opinion polls, also received the Gold Medal PQ 2015 for Innovative Approach to Performance Design. The unusual approach to the project’s realization won it nominations in several other categories as well. It was recognized in particular for its use of scenography in a way that contributes to development ways of combining narration with performance design.
The Gold Medal PQ 2015 for the Best Exhibition Design went to the Belgian national exposition, MovingLab.be, which took a fresh and stimulating approach to presenting the creation and realization of a scenographic project in a collaborative environment. The Gold Medal PQ 2015 for Curatorial Concept of an Exhibition went to the Netherlands, whose exploration of downtown Prague made use of scenic design as a tool for understanding the city. The Gold Medal PQ 2015 for Performance Design was awarded to Chinese artist Gao Guangjian for his design for the performance of Throughout the Empire All Hearts Turned to Him; the Honorary PQ 2015 Award for Performance Design went to Liu Xinglin.
The Gold Medal PQ 2015 for Sound Design went to the Polish team for its project Post-Apocalypsis, which the jury appreciated for its clever use of sound – the sensitive and interactive sound design reflects contemporary ideas relating to the relationship between man, nature and technology as part of a hybrid communications system.
The Gold Medal PQ 2015 for the Use of Media in Scenography was awarded to the Finnish national team. Although the exposition’s central them was sound, the jury was impressed by the way in which it makes use ofsound, video, images and objects for documentation and art.
The Gold Medal PQ 2015 for Performance Architecture went to Slovakia for its exposition Reflection of an Image, which paid homage to the work of Milan Čorba.
The Gold Medal PQ 2015 for the Best Exposition in the Student Section went to Finland, and the student team from Latvia was given the Promising Student Talent award for its exposition The Beginning.
And the Gold Medal PQ 2015 for Provoking a Dialogue went to Serbia’s artists and students, who fully worked with the idea of art and the artistic process in a social, political, and economic context.
Complete list of awards presented at PQ 2015:
Golden Triga PQ 2015 for the Best Exposition
Estonia: Unified Estonia
Nominated: Latvia: The Submission; Finland: Weather Station. Staging Sound.
Gold Medal PQ 2015 for the Best Exhibition Design
Gold Medal PQ 2015 for Curatorial Concept of an Exhibition
The Netherlands: Between Realities: Fight, Flee, Shelter, Negotiate or Surrender
Gold Medal PQ 2015 for Performance Design
Gao Guangjian for Fuchao Cai: Throughout the Empire All Hearts Turned to Him (National Centre for
the Performing Arts in Beijing/Beijing Opera Theatre), 2012, China
Honorary PQ 2015 Award for Performance Design
Liu Xinglin for Renjie Wang: The Peony Pavilion (Beijing North Kun Opera Theatre), 2014, China
Gold Medal PQ 2015 for Sound Design
Agnieszka Jelewska-Michaś, Rafał Zapała, Michał Krawczak, Paweł Janicki and Michal Cichy for the
Polish exposition: Post-Apocalypsis
Gold Medal PQ 2015 for Use of Media in Scenography
All works from the Finnish exposition: Weather Station. Staging Sound
Gold Medal PQ 2015 for Performance Architecture
Slovakia: Reflection of an Image. Milan Čorba.
Gold Medal PQ 2015 for Use of Space for Performance
All works in the Croatian exposition: Intangible
Gold Medal for Total Performance Design
Latvia: The Submission
Gold Medal PQ 2015 for Best Exposition in the Student Section
Finland: The Other Side
Nominated: Russia: Do you want to speak bad English with us about art? An Experimental Course in
Scenography at the Department of Directing, Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS) and
Slovakia: The Aura of Scenography
Gold Medal PQ 2015 for Promising Student Talent
All students participating in the Latvian student exposition: The Beginning
Nominated: Czech Republic: 2/2 + 0,5°. Joint exhibition by students of scenography from DAMU and
JAMU; Poland: The Boundaries of Landscape
Gold Medal PQ 2015 for Innovative Approach to Performance Design
Unified Estonia, Theatre NO99, directors: Ene-Liis Semper and Tiit Ojasoo, 2010, Tallinn, Estonia
Gold Medal PQ 2015 for Provoking a Dialogue
Mia David, curator of the Serbian exposition: Power(less) – Response(ability) and the curatorial team
for the Serbian student exposition: Process, or What DOES Matter to Me – Tatjana Dadić Dinulović,
theorist of scenic design; Oliver Frljić, theatre director; Marko Lađušić, sculptor; Janko Ljumović,
theatre producer; Sanja Maljković, architect and scenic designer; Vesna Mićović, photographer;
Dobrivoje Milijanović, sound designer, and all artists and students participating in the both
Gold Medal PQ 2015 for Best Performance Design Photo
Iren Stehli for the installation “The Wenceslas Line”, exhibited as part of the Swiss exposition “Under
the Tail of the Horse”
Gold Medal for Best PQ 2015 Publication
“Meyerhold Dreams” by Polina Bakhtina and Yan Kalnberzin, for the Russian exposition
Special PQ 2015 Jury Awards
Special Award for the United Kingdom: Make/Believe – UK Design for Performance 2011 – 15
Special Award for Best Shared Space in a Student Exhibition –Austria: BAR III / IV
Special Award for Best Shared Process in a Student Exhibition – Russia: Do you want to speak
bad English with us about art? An Experimental Course in Scenography at the Department of
Directing, Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS)
The Prague Quadrennial also awarded:
PQ 2015 Best Scenography Publication Award
Katrin Brack: Bühnenbild / Stages. Berlin: Verlag Theater Der Zeit, 2010. Print.
Honorary PQ 2015 Scenography Publication Award
Sabine Marinescu and Janina Poesch: PLOT #9, PLOT #10. Stuttgart: Die Macht des Klangs, 2014.
PQ 2015 Scenography Mentor Award
More information on the program of the Prague Quadrennial 2015 can be found at www.pq.cz.
Opening hours for PQ´15 venues: 18 – 28 June, 10am – 7pm.
All information can be found at www.pq.cz.
The Prague Quadrennial is organized by the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic and realized by the Arts and Theatre
by Eva Riebová | Prague Quadrennial