Locus Solus is an international, site-specific and devised project (produced in 2009-director: Sozita Goudouna) which aims to form a dialogue of research into practice between architects, visual and sound artists, dancers, choreographers, actors, stage designers, video artists, researchers, writers and dramaturgs. Based on the proto-Surrealist novel 'Locus Solus' (Solitary or Unique Place, 1914) by Raymond Roussel (1877-1933) in which a scientist and inventor named Martial Canterel, has invited a group of colleagues to visit the park of his country estate near Paris, which is called Locus Solus, this project formulates a framework for thinking about 'ideal' and 'real' space. The production seeks to present issues involving spatiality and mobility, thus it deals with theatrical space, in terms of its physical transformation, through the movement of both the spectators and of the performers. The dramaturgy draws on the analogy between text, image and sound, in order to present literary allusions and echoes, narrative episodes and descriptive scenes, 'verbal found' objects, shifting aesthetic styles and registers. The interconnections between these different disciplines elucidate different types of audience engagement with a "timeless?" visual art object and a temporal theatrical work. This paper focuses on these performative practices, from architecture to body art, so as to analyze the different methods used in theatre practice and contemporary curatorial practices in the visual arts.
Keywords: Site-Specificity, Ideal Space, Real Space, Cross disciplinarity
Dr Sozita Goudouna
Associate Editor, Student, Royal Holloway University of London