An immersive sensory narrative spatially woven of architecture, performance and installation.

At the intersection of architecture, performance and installation, Space&Story is an interdisciplinary art and design practice that brings the element of narrative to spatial design in order to create unique physical and sensory experiences. 


Margaret Krawecka (Artistic Director)

Margaret is an interdisciplinary artist and a freelance architectural and interior design consultant who brings a unique, research-based, intercultural perspective to the process of spatial design. Born in Poland, Margaret spent nine years of her childhood in the sensory-immersive world of Kuwait, before immigrating with her family to Canada. She focused her Bachelor of Architecture thesis on architecture and contemporary dance and then studied scenography in the UK, where she was exposed to promenade (environmental) theatre and site-specific performance installation. It is in the UK and Europe that her passion for the discovery of space through sensory perception and movement of the body was further developed, and it continues to influence her work. With many years of experience working internationally in architecture firms, theatre, dance, and on multimedia projects, Margaret continues to grow her practice working in different disciplines and focusing on immersive narrative space. She enjoys collaborating with dancers, sound designers, and other artists, every project an exploratory, process-based collaboration between designer and user.

With a lifetime spent between three continents, I draw on my passion for understanding other cultures to bring the element of empathy into my work, opening up diverse points of view through tangible spatial experience. My architecture background plays a key role in my creative approach to installation, scenography, and other time-based work. I am interested in exposing essential hidden structures, patterns and diagrams in space and time, applicable to ordering narrative or configuring physical movement. Through my immersive environments, I strive to combine my experience in architecture and theatre to create narratives experienced through sensory interaction and physical movement in space.

- Margaret Krawecka


CV

 

EDUCATION

2004-2005 MA Scenography - Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London, UK

  • Study Placement: BAI Bizkaia Drama School, Bilbao, Spain (spring 2005)

1996-2001 - Bachelor of ArchitectureUniversity of Toronto Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design, Canada

  • Exchange program at Kraków Polytechnical University (spring 2000)
  • Study Abroad program in Nice, France (autumn 1999)

1996 - Graduated from the University of Toronto Schools high school

1981-90 - Lived in Kuwait and attended Kuwait English School

1978 - Born in Kraków, Poland


SOLO SHOWS

web - The Hunger - World Stage Design 2013 online exhibition

2013 - Space and Story: a retrospective - UTS Keys Gallery, Toronto

2012 - Narrative Spaces: scenographic projects by Margaret Krawecka - Nova Resto Bar, Kraków

2012 - The Hunger - Scotiabank Studio Theatre, Pia Bouman Studios, Toronto

2009 - The Hunger (workshop v.1) - Deleon White Gallery, Toronto    


GROUP SHOWS

2017 - The New Normal - The Hangar UMAM D&R & Dawawine, Beirut, Lebanon

2012 - The Hunger (adaptation) - Harvest Festival, Ontario  

2011 - Hansel and Gretel (The Hunger workshop v.2) - Gallery 99, Toronto Nuit Blanche

2011 - Kaleidoscope - Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show & Sale, Toronto

2010 - Excavations - Polish Combatant Hall, Toronto Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

2010 - My Sunnyside - Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show & Sale, Toronto

2009 - Changing Room - Sunnyside Beach Juried Art Show & Sale, Toronto

2009 - Fragment - Polish Combatant Hall, Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto

2008 - Cocoon Garden - St. Patrick's Market Square, Toronto Scotiabank Nuit Blanche & Harvest Festival, Ontario

2006 - Empty Act - La Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland

2001 - Territory - Gallery Este, Toronto

2001 - Optic 2001 - The Warehouse nightclub, Toronto  


ART INSTALLATION COMMISSIONS

2012 - Design and production of thematic wall installations (as well as architectural films & general interior design consulting) for family physician practice in Orillia, Canada


ARCHITECTURE & INTERIOR DESIGN

2017 - Interior design project: Skills for Change childcare centre kitchen renovation, Toronto

2015-17 - besomething, Edmonton - interior design & permanent art installations with branding company

  • Prairie Noodle Shop (ramen restaurant)
  • Hoang Long (Viet-Thai restaurant)
  • Sherbrooke Liquor Tasting Room

2015-16 - RAW Design, Toronto (contract)

  • Contract administration assistance for new mid-rise condominium: detail design, checking shop drawings

2015 - Royal Ontario Museum (contract): design development & working drawings for mineralogy collections storage compaction & new classroom with minerals display area; assistance in selection of finishes, furniture & lighting

2014 - Interior design project: residential kitchen renovation, Kraków

2013-4 - Interior design project: minor renovations & design for new two-bedroom house, Kraków - kitchen, two bathrooms, custom millwork, lighting, interior finishes, furniture selection

2013 - re:Built Developments, Toronto (contract)

  • House addition & renovation

2012 - Interior design project: residential kitchen renovation, Toronto

2011 - Clarendon Development, Sudbury (contract)

  • Feasibility studies for MacKenzie Lofts conversion of elementary school into residential units in Sudbury, Ontario

2010-11 - Taylor Smyth Architects, Toronto

  • Completed with team design & detail development for Cedarvale School addition tender package 
  • Designed with team CUPE Ontario Regional Headquarters offices (40,000 sqft interior retrofit): managed two assistants & drawing packages; schematic to tender
  • Completed with team DD & building permit package for Market Street Development (commercial restoration & renovation of listed buildings & new addition next to St. Lawrence Market)

2010 - Interior design project: residential bathroom renovation, Toronto

2010 - Susan Speigel Architects, Toronto (contract)

  • Worked with team on hard landscaping for Toronto Community Housing Curb Appeal projects

2008 - Team Project, Toronto (contract)

  • Designed with team new office/studio spaces for LIFT (Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto)

2007-8 - Giannone Associates Architects, Toronto

  • Designed with team renovation of Ontario Science Centre Valley Marketplace cafeteria, including sculptural ceiling elements (schematic to tender)
  • Researched new materials: sustainable & recycled

2007 - Donaghy + Dimond Architects, Dublin, Ireland 

  • Completed DD & tender package for renovation & extension works to 3-storey Georgian house & garden shed in Ranelagh, Dublin
  • Completed with team DD & building permit package for addition & renovation of (historic) elementary school in Inchicore, Dublin

2007 - Interior design project: bathroom renovation for private apartment, Kraków

2006 - Interior design project: flexible studio apartment in new residential unit, Kraków

2005-6 - Brooks Murray Architects, London, UK 

  • Worked on design for facade restoration & addition to Victorian seaside hotel
  • Worked on schematic design of exterior elevations for six-storey mixed-use building in Central London

2003-4, 2008 - Gulf Consult Architects Engineers Planners, Kuwait 

  • Completed planning of large private residential complex, Wafra
  • Completed schematic design of private seaside chalet complex, Julaya
  • Completed DD of exterior elevations for Center for Research and Studies on Kuwait (institutional)
  • Completed with team schematic master plan study for the Scientific Center extension (recreational)
  • Designed key outdoor elements for the College of Business Studies (clocktower & sundial)

2001-2 - Hariri Pontarini Architects, Toronto 

  • Designed outdoor architecture / landscaping for private residence: schematic to working drawings
  • Assisted with proposal for U of T Faculty of Law master plan: drawings, booklet & vision statement
  • Worked with team on DD for York University Schulich School of Business Resource Center
  • Assisted with McKinsey & Co. office millwork working drawing package
  • Assisted with writing project pursuit vision statements & graphic design layouts

1997 - Ministry of Culture and Communications, Hull, Quebec - Ontario-Quebec Summer Student Job Exchange Program

  • Completed architectural documentation & recommendation for improvement of 50 municipal libraries in the Outaouais region  

MUSEUM EXHIBIT DESIGN

2014 - Museum of the Home Army, Kraków - Szare Szeregi (Gray Ranks) exhibition on the history of Polish Scouts during WWII - Artistic Collaborator: exhibition installation manager, painting, display case arrangements

2008 - Lublin Museum, Lublin, Poland - New permanent multimedia archeological exhibition by MM Radniccy, Kraków - Design Assistant: design development & working drawings


EVENT DESIGN ARTISTIC DIRECTION

2006 - Promenade theatre event Egyptian Fantasia - University College London, UK - Commissioned by the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archeology

2005-6 - Future Cinema (now Secret Cinema, part of Future Shorts Film Network), London, UK - Associate Artist

  • The Matrix - Mansion House, Dublin, Ireland - Artistic Direction
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off - Greenwich Park, UK - Direction of live performance
  • Gothic Nightmares - Ashton Court Mansion, Bristol, UK - Set Dressing
  • In Transit - London Film Festival, SE1 / London Bridge Vaults, London, UK - Installation

SCENOGRAPHY

2016 - Workshop with Sasha Ivanochko

2014 - Coming music video by Ewa Uryga - Bytom, Poland - Set Design Collaborator

2014 - Legendy - Rozbark Theatre, Bytom, Poland

2013 - Speak, Love - Rachel Browne Theatre, Winnipeg; OFFTA Festival, Montreal; Winchester Street Theatre, Toronto

2012 - what i learned from a decade of fear - Aluna Theatre, Toronto - Research Assistant 

2010 - Dancemakers: Double Bill #2 - Enwave Theatre, Toronto - Set Design Assistant to Trevor Schwellnus

2009 - Artform, Toronto - Television Production Design Assistant

2007 - Bette Midler - Colosseum, Las Vegas - Set Design Assistant to Michael Levine

2006 - Perfection - Old Red Lion Theatre, London, UK 

2006 - 4:48 Psychosis - Tangram Theatre, Old Red Lion Theatre & Arcola Theatre, London, UK

2006 - Gotterdammerung - Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, UK - Production Design Internship

2005 - Space is Not Empty - Scenoworks Festival, Cochrane Theatre, London, UK

2005 - Citric City - Ollerias factory, Periferiak Festival, Bilbao, Spain


VIDEO SCREENINGS

2012 - Kaleidoscopic Landscapes - FAT: Toronto Arts & Fashion Week, Toronto

2012 - Roll out the croissants - 14th Annual Parkdale Film + Video Showcase, Toronto


ARTIST RESIDENCIES

2015 - Banff Artist in Residence (BAiR) summer program in Visual Arts, The Banff Centre, Alberta


LECTURES / ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

2015 - Artist talk at monthly Urban Toronto Beekeepers' Association meeting

2013 - Presented paper at Prague Quadriennale of Performance Design & Space symposium "Layering Reality: the Right to Mask" - Topic: "Masking as narrative tool in multi-sensory immersive performance installation"

2011 - Translated 6000-word introduction to photographic album from Polish to English (summary of the history of architecture in Kuwait): "Architectural Legacy." Contemporary Architecture in Kuwait. By Jacek Woźniak. Kuwait: JACK-ART Production, 2013. 2-17.

2010 - Lectured at the University of Winnipeg, Canada (Department of English Literature: fairy tales unit) - Topic: "Narrative structure in self-directed performance installation based on Hansel and Gretel

2010 - Worked with drama teacher & students to create thematic lobby installation for the University of Toronto Schools Centennial Play

1998 - Teaching Assistant for 2nd year history of architecture course by Kenneth Hays: Modern Movements in Architecture” - University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture, Landscape & Design


WORKSHOPS / OTHER ACTIVITIES

Travelled to over 40 countries in Europe, the Middle East, North / South / Central America & Japan

2016 - Completed introductory "3D Rhinoceros" & "Revit for Architecture" courses

Oct 2014 - Visited the Alhambra complex to study organic architectural tessellations, Granada, Spain

Sept 2014 - Attended COLOSS & EurBee 2014 conferences, Murcia, Spain

Aug 2014 - Attended the Venice Biennale of Architecture, Italy

Mar 2014 - Participated in Prague Quadriennale Sharedspace scenography workshop, Zbigniew Raszewski Theatre Institute, Warsaw      

Nov 2013 - Attended "The Body in Muslim Culture" conference, University of Warsaw Faculty of Oriental Studies

2013 - Attended Boska Komedia International Theatre Festival, Cricoteka festival ("Choreographic Machine" / "Poliphonies"), Academy of Fine Arts symposium on 20th-21st century Polish scenography, Kraków

summer 2013 - Completed "Visual Grammar Basics" documentary film-making workshop, Doc Story Studio, Toronto

2010 - Attended University of Toronto FALD landscape architecture symposium "Innate Terrain"

2010 - Attended FALD conference "Architecture Therapeutics Aesthetics"

2009 - Attended Dublin Dance Festival, Ireland

2008 - Travelled to Iran to research the use of ornamental calligraphy & pattern on architectural surfaces

2007 - Attended U of T FALD symposium "Ornament: Islamic Traditions & Contemporary Practice", Toronto

2007 - Attended Prague Scenography Quadriennale, Czech Republic

2005 - Attended Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Scotland

2005 - Attended & performed in ACT International Theatre Schools Festival, Bilbao, Spain

2003 - Completed film directing workshop, University of Toronto Hart House Film Board

2003 - Attended conference "Theatre by Design: Scenography in Canada", Toronto

2003 - Completed manual rendering techniques course, Ryerson University, Toronto

2002 - Completed video production / post-production workshop, Trinity Square Video, Toronto

1998, 2000 - Attended Expo 1998 (Lisbon), Expo 2000 (Hanover)


GRANTS / AWARDS

2016 - Finalist at Canadian Regional Design Awards (for Prairie Noodle Shop interior design & installations)

2014 - Ontario Arts Council Integrated Arts creation grant for Requiem Apis

2014 - Toronto Arts Council Media Arts creation grant for Requiem Apis

2011 - Canada Council for the Arts Integrated Arts production grant for The Hunger

2010 - Ontario Arts Council Exhibition Assistance grant for Fragment             

2009 - Ontario Arts Council Integrated Arts creation grant for The Hunger

1996 - Hattie Aileen Sommerville Scholarship - University of Toronto Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design


BIBLIOGRAPHY OF CRITICAL REVIEWS

Bacha, Kyle. Torontoist. Weekend Planner May 26-27, 2012. Events. Web. 25 May 2012.

Bateman, David. “The Hunger”. Bateman Reviews. Blog. Web. 23 May 2012.

Bugała-Azarko, Marzena. "Legends: first pemiere at Rozbark Theatre". Dziennik Zachodni. 31 June 2014.

Davis, Benjamin. “4.48 Psychosis”. Time Out London. 8-15 March. 2006: 129. Print. (Critic's Choice - 5 stars)

Ed. “Scene and Heard: The Hunger. Interactive theatre goes edible.”. The Scene in T.O. Web. 24 May 2012.

Hatfield, Erin. “The Hunger explores mass consumption in Parkdale”.  Inside Toronto. 24 May 2012.

M., Adnan. “The Hunger: An Immersive Theatre Experience”. The Arts Scene. Blog. Web. 27 May 2012.

M., Heidy. “The Hunger”. Hye’s Musings. Blog. Web. 25 May 2012.

Mohr-Blakeney, Victoria. “Dance in the City: The Hunger”. Toronto Standard.  26 May 2012. Web. 25 May 2012.

"Pociag Kulturalny." Kultura i Rozrywka. TVP. 29 May 2014. Television.

Sanecki, Tomasz. "First premiere at Rozbark Theatre behind us". bytom.pl. Web.

Wycisk, Karolina. "Werewolves are afraid of tar". Teatralia online magazine. Web. 5 June 2014.