spacegraphy


> χωρογραφία


Χωρογραφία, with ω, omega (χώρος meaning space) – instead of χορογραφία with an "O" which means choreography. 

The word is used in geography as the general description of a country. Iannis Peponis used the term in an architectural context. H.T. Lehman placed the word chora-graphy in his book Postdramatic Theatre. Prior to Lehman, Kristeva had re-contexted the word chora from Plato.

Χωρογραφία: 

1) the procedure of occupying an empty private or public space by a person/s or a thing (as we experienced a few days ago in empros theatre)

2) an intention and realisation of movement in an area, surface or space that has a certain width, length and height but which is also subject to repositioning/enlargement.

3) the mobile position of one or many bodies – active or gazing – in an environment. 

4) movement of substance/matter/subject/object in infinite space. A sequence of exploring available space.

Today, the common and frequent use is at football matches where fans occupy whole sections, holding paperboard together to make words and/or images -that fills the area with huge skulls or painted cloths. The fans of Olympiakos and Panathinaikos are quite famous in Europe for their impressive χωρογραφίες.

Χωρογραφία: in the performing arts as time based arts – is the result of convergence of all authors’ sub-processes: conception, directing, scenography, choreography, etc. – along with the action of the spectator's human body in space. English spacegraphy / French mise-en-espace.

Author and translator: Adonis Volanakis