weS.A.N.K.(Speculative Architectures of Neganthroposcenic Kronotopias) ARTISTIC RESEARCH PROJECT

       Vincent Roumagnac + Emmanuelle Chiappone-Piriou + Guests




weSANK Research Project


At the end of 2016, Vincent Roumagnac invites the architect, researcher and curator Emmanuelle Chiappone-Piriou to establish a research platform on the future of the relationships between theater and architecture, as part of his doctorate on the anthropocenic transformations of scenic thinking and time ecology.


The purpose of the two-year collaborative research process is to design and develop architectural prototypes of the "stage of the future". This project has been developed from the speculative study of the necessary transformations of Western scenic thinking, and its production of imaginaries, in response to contemporary planetary issues in terms of climate and technological mutations.


The research project is simultaneously implemented in the fields of academic artistic research and transdisciplinary experimentation in contemporary art. Its purpose is to cultivate potentials, to design imaginaries and to produce aesthetic prototypes by crossing various fields such as performing and visual arts, architecture, artistic research, new media, contemporary philosophy, ecodramaturgy and future studies, among others.


In the context of the current planetary ecological upheaval, the research group sets itself the task of speculating on new horizons / plateaus for the experimental exploration of the stage and architecture to come.


The research is methodologically projected via a performative prologue in May 2017 in the context of the 57th Venice Biennale (Research Pavilion) and five collaborative sessions: during the autumn 2017 in Japan, then in 2018 in France, Finland, Spain and South Korea.


On the occasion of the collaborative sessions Roumagnac and Chiappone-Piriou, together with artists and architects invited locally, initiate the design and production, and the critical discussion, of what they call “Prototypes of the Stage of the Future”.


Finally, in November 2018, all the 161 prototypes created during the five sessions are gathered and re-assembled under the title weSANK Deep Stage As for a public show in an anti-atomic bomb bunker in Helsinki.


This public presentation of the research project takes the form of an installation/exhibition/mise en scène, and is examined as the second and final artistic part of Roumagnac’s doctorate.




weSANK Collaborative Sessions


Via five collaborative sessions, in Tokyo, Paris, Helsinki, Barcelona and Daegu, the weSANK research project's hosts, together with artists and architects invited locally, carried out, during three days in each city, the performative design and production of "Prototypes of the Stage of the Future", engaged in their critical discussion, and displayed a public outcome at the end of each session.


From general themes – including theatre, stage, architecture and time ecology, big data and post-industrial landscapes, dystopian narratives and daily techno-rituals, networks, climate, memory, energy and affect... – the spontaneous design and manufacture of prototypes sought to explore actual and speculative techno-sensitive and geographical conditions and, from this perspective, to coalesce physical and informational objects with(in) a scenic dimension.


At the crossroads of theatrical exploration and architectural research, the collaborative session develops simultaneously on two levels: that of the design of prototypes, according to an artistic-research-oriented protocol combining theoretical interventions, manufacturing, writing and installation; and that, both below and beyond the first, of the search for a possible performativity of the whole project.


Working on interstices and margins, testing the disciplinary limits while resisting the temptation of their disintegration, the sessions gathered artists (performing arts, scenography and visual arts) and architects whose practice is characterized by an interrogation on the conditions of its own existence and by exploring the limits of their medium.

More about the collaborative sessions




weSANK Events & Sessions


weSANK Venice[Prologue/Considerings]  : 12.5.2017 - Research Pavilion Venice, in the context of the 57th  Venice Biennale

weSANK Tokyo : 16 – 18.11.2017 - Tokyo Arts and Space

weSANK Paris : 28 – 30.1.2018 - Mains d’Oeuvres Saint-Ouen

weSANK Helsinki : 2 – 4.3.2018 - Performing Arts Lab (Etlab)

weSANK Barcelona : 16 - 18.6.2018 - Institut del Teatre

weSANK Daegu : 30.6 - 2.7.2018 - PSi#24 Conference / Daegu Art Factory

weSANK Deep Stage As : 14 - 18.11.2018 - Vapaan Taiteen Tila / Helsinki



weSANK Hosts


Vincent Roumagnac is a French-Basque theatre artist and researcher. Challenging definitions of genre, Roumagnac's practice is research-based, process-oriented and multi-disciplinary including performance, video and installation. He explores and questions through multi-media installations and artistic research dispositifs the broad notion of stage. He proposes a methodology of inquiry and experimentality into the question of how to re-route the practice of directing into a practice of “redirecting”, from a revised temporal ecology of the stage. His art practice is based on time-specific explorations of the scenic mutations that emerge from the strategy of permutation between the backstage and the stage agencies, at the time of a shift of representational paradigm demanded by the current - biospheric and technological - climatic crisis. Since 2010 he collaborates with Finnish choreographer Simo Kellokumpu, since 2012 with French visual artist Aurélie Pétrel and since 2016 with architect-researcher Emmanuelle Chiappone-Piriou with whom he launched the research platform weSANK on the intersection of scenic, scenographic and architecture speculative thinking. His solo and collaborative projects have been featured in different European and international venues in France, Spain, Finland, Iceland, Argentina, Japan, Canada and China. He is currently conducting a doctorate in artistic research at the Performing Arts Research Centre of the University of the Arts of Helsinki on “Deepening the Stage" (2015 – 2020). His work in duo with Aurélie Pétrel – aka Pétrel I Roumagnac (duo) – is represented by the Gallery Valeria Cetraro (Paris). His research project is supported by Kone Foundation (Finland). https://vincentroumagnac.com/


Emmanuelle Chiappone-Piriou is an architect and independent curator, based in Paris. She is a PhD candidate at the ATTP, Technische Universität Wien (Austria) and a member of the CIVA Foundation Contemporary Culture & City scientific council. Her work interrogates architecture “at the edge of everything else” and her research and projects are thus situated at the intersection of architecture with other disciplinary fields, amongst which art and computation. Recent projects include research collaborations with artists and architects, amongst which weS.A.N.K. led by Vincent Roumagnac; exhibitions (Maître Coeur, Florian Sumi), essays and lectures. In 2017, she has joined AREA Institute as Content Director, to develop a curatorial program devoted to the mutations of architecture in relation to data and robotics, and has been an invited critic at the Plateforme de la création architecturale at the Cité de l’Architecture (Paris). From 2011 to 2016, she was Program curator at the Frac Centre (Orléans, France). She supervised the inaugural curatorial program for the Frac new building and was Assistant curator of the 9th edition of ArchiLab Naturalizing Architecture (2013). She curated Relief(s) (2015) and The City as a Vision (2014), as well as the program of cultural and educational events. She previously collaborated to numerous exhibitions, at the Centre Pompidou and Centre Pompidou-Metz (2009–10), then at OMA/AMO. She has written extensively for exhibition catalogues (Frank Gehry, Centre Pompidou collection, etc.). Emmanuelle holds and Architecture Diploma from ENSAP La Villette (Paris, 2008) and graduated in History of Architecture at Paris 1 University (2010).



weSANK Guests

Simo Kellokumpu, Josselin Vamour, Yusuke Kamata, Guillaume Aubry, Carolina E. Santo, Anne-Valérie Gasc, Emmanuel Guez, Laura Gozlan, Icinori, Sébastien Martinez Barat & Benjamin Lafore, Aurélie Pétrel, Florian Sumi, Aurélien Vernant, Outi Condit, Henna-Riikka Halonen, Edvine Larssen, Maiju Loukola,Tuomo Rainio, Aida Salán Sierra, Begüm Erciyas, Lys Villalba, Cris Argüelles, Edouard Cabay, Mireia c. Saladrigues, Marc Salicrú Julià, Nacho De Antonio, Rumen Rachev and Woojin Kim.




weSANK Research Project was warmly produced, supported and hosted by:

Uniarts Helsinki (TTOR production grant)

Tutke/Performing Arts Research Centre (production grant)

Research Pavilion, Venice, Italy

Tokyo Arts and Space, Tokyo, Japan

Mains-d'Oeuvres, Paris Saint-Ouen, France (avec Diagonale, Montréal)

Performing Arts Research Centre, Helsinki, Finland

Institut del Teatre, Barcelona, Catalunya, Spain

Daegu Art Factory, Daegu, South Korea

Performance Studies International PSi#24 "Performance as Network"

Vapaan Taiteen Tila, Helsinki, Finland






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