by Noemi Gunea, MA Performance Design and Practice
Reporting back on Passagens Reading Group – Session Three: Moving
The third session of the Passagens series took place at Chelsea College of Arts. Our guest speakers were David Roberts, who teaches at Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, and Elam Forrester, London based filmmaker. Together with Andrea Zimmerman, they form the artistic collective Fugitive Images.
David started the discussion introducing John Dewey’s concept of moral imagination; implying on the one hand empathy, the possibility of putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, and one the other hand ‘dramatic rehearsal’ – rehearsing all possible outcomes that your actions would generate. We debated how necessary dramatic rehearsal is in rethinking the architecture of the future, and how far removed this concept is in most cities nowadays.