Staging Space

The Architecture of Performance in the 21st Century

How do interactive and new media change spaces and affect our movements?


  • May 2019   approx. CHF 49.00 | eur 48.00


Title Information

Edited by Jeffrey Huang, Anton Rey und Sabine von Fischer

1st edition

, 2019


approx. 240 pages, 130 color and 20 b/w illustrations

17 x 24 cm

ISBN 978-3-03860-017-6


Staging Space explores trends in interdisciplinary research at the intersection of architecture, new media, information technology, and performing arts, and it is based upon a research project at Sinlab, an experimental laboratory jointly run by five universities in Switzerland, Germany, and China.

Divided into four richly illustrated sections, the book explores the topics of kinetics, audibility, visibility, and boundaries, which delve into aspects such as movement, interaction, and body tracking; electronic dispositives in acoustic space; the visibility in stage performance; and the performers and their audience. The international contributors also look at experiments by performance artists and computer scientists that explore the ways in which art and technology can create new spatial relations on the stage and within other spaces of performance.

With contributions by Adolphe Appia, Christopher Balme, Reyner Banham, Alex Barchiesi, Colette Baumgartner, Mario Carpo, Mark Coniglio, Cathy van Eck, Sabine von Fischer, Karmen Franinovic, Jeffrey Huang, Antoine Picon, Anton Rey, Chris Salter, Selena Savic, Paul Scheerbart, Andrew Sempere, Olga Touloumi, and Shih-Yuan Wang.

Authors & Editors

Sabine von Fischer

 is an architect, critic, and publicist. She writes and researches at the interface of architecture and science at EPFL in Lausanne and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.

Jeffrey Huang

 is a Full Professor in the Faculties of Architecture and Communication and Computer Sciences at EPFL where he heads the Media x Design Laboratory. Prior to EPFL, he was a faculty member at Harvard Graduate School of Design and at Harvard College’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.

Anton Rey

 is a Professor at the Department for Performing Arts and Film (DDK) and Head of the Institute for the Performing Arts and Film (IPF) at Zurich University of the Arts (ZHdK). Before he has been working for more than twenty years as director, dramatic advisor and head of productions at various theaters in Berlin, Munich, Paris, and Edinburgh.