Introduction

Theatrum Mundi is a network of people from the performing and visual arts, the built environment disciplines, from across the academy and community and social collectives. Based in London, with partnerships in New York, Paris and Beijing, it activates projects, meetings, and research in cities around the world.

Theatrum Mundi asks questions about urban culture. Who makes it? Where does it take place? What are the politics of production and display? What are the connections between performance, design and politics, and how can those connections help us understand cities?

The aim of Theatrum Mundi, across its diverse activities, is to afford vulnerable provocation between people involved in confronting these and other questions about the condition, inequalities, and politics of urban culture today.

Activities

Conferences

Theatrum Mundi organises mid-sized symposiums and larger conferences. These include 'Making Cultural Infrastructure' (2015); 'City, Religion, Capitalism' (2014) co-produced with the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and Whitechapel Gallery; ‘Presence and Absence in the City’ (2012) at Columbia University, ‘Currencies and Collectives’ (2013) in partnership with the Frankfurter Positionen, the Welkulturen Museum and Städelschule, ‘Common Ground: Between Urban and Art Practice' (2012) at the Venice Biennale of Architecture.

Workshops

We host a wide range of workshops on light, sound, movement and the city. All of these are purposefully small and informal discussions, emphasising maker-to-maker exchange. We also host more intensive week-long ‘studio based’ workshops with emerging practitioners. We encourage cross-participation between workshops and draw colleagues from a wide range of art and urban disciplines.

Exhibitions

We are interested in translating ideas and discussions through exhibitions to a wider public. TM's ideas challenge ‘Designing for Free Speech’ exhibited with the American Institute for Architecture in New York in 2014. And In 2015 'Designing the Urban Commons' exhibited in London as part of the London Festival of Architecture, and in Berlin as part of the MakeCity Festival.

Research

TM is dedicated not only to providing a forum for face-to-face exchange, but also to continually investigate the methods, contents and outcomes of our activities.