Line of Inquiry

This research began with the first operatic collaboration
between Bertold Brecht, Caspar Neher and Kurt Weil from
1930, entitled 'The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny'

The story is one of political satire and social commentary
about how people live together and what values govern
(and sustain) the environments around them.

The play, as well as the verb attached to it - to play -
have given the impetus to a freestyle form of (sub)urban
staging of the town of Nagele on the Netherlands'

Line of work

As in the play, the project is structured into short scenes
each with their own title and characteristics. Some scene
formats might be completely different from one another
but are nonetheless bound together in one "script".

Scene One


Scene Two
(or 'The Play's The Thing': a proposed seminar in Amsterdam's
Bijlmer Arena)

In his notes on 'The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny'
Brecht described the work as 'culinary' in nature, and a format
that needed to be played with almost excessively so as to
reflect the superfluous nature of many entertainment apparatuses.
Together with guest and friend, Tobias Karlsson, the seminar aimed
to explore the notion of "play" not only as a form but also as a
spontaneous and unpredictable action, leading to new thought and
the creation of culture (see Huizinga's 1938 book 'Homo Ludens' or
'Man the Player'). These notions were very much 'at play' in the
conceiving of modern urban design projects such as 'New Babylon'
proposed by Constant Nieuwenhuys, Aldo van Eyck's attention to
play areas or 'speelplaatsen' in his designs, and more recently,
developments in Amsterdam's Zuidoost.

should go here
about Aldo and
his 'speelplaa-tsen'