Anna Mülter and Richard Dougherty in conversation. They are sitting in the festival centre. Richard bends BSL, Anna looks at him attentively.
A person is leafing through an illustrated book. On the left side of the volume is the Schauspielhaus Hannover, on the right side the drawing of a wave, from which the abstract floor covering of the festival centre is derived.
A crowd of people at colourful, curved tables in the festival centre. The façade of the Schauspielhaus can be seen in the background.

Talk with The DisOrdinary Architecture Project

Richard Dougherty


Making waves – bringing about change but also grabbing people’s attention: creating a movement that shifts energy and information from one place to another. British architectural collective The DisOrdinary Architecture Project has seized on this idea to really get this year’s festival centre moving. In Prinzenstraße outside the Schauspielhaus they will set up a platform for performances and meetings, for parties and talks. Inspired by Deaf Space and Disability Pride, we will create a genuinely accessible space for diverse people and their real lives. Deaf architectural experts Richard Dougherty and Chris Laing have deliberately chosen the shape of the wave to express the performative and social dynamic of sign language and Deaf culture. They will create an unconventional festival centre as an artistic and social meeting point in Hanover with an aesthetic informed by Deaf architecture.

The DisOrdinary Architecture Project invites to a talk at the festival center on Friday, 23 June at 6pm.

Production credits

With Richard Dougherty Moderation Anna Mülter Photos Moritz Küstner