Event City
International Summer School Cesis, Latvia
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View of the Thunder House

Thunder House.  http://www.rtusummerschool.lv/Eventology

Humans are intrinsically ritualistic. Architecture and cities have formed around events, rituals and their processions – solstice, agricultural milestones, religious and mythological practices, weddings and funerals, markets, folk song festivals, remembering the dead. Some of these events have transformed and mutated, or been replaced by more recent forms of congregation – pioneer parades, marathons, fireworks and contemporary art and music festivals. The built environment is created around this desire from its structure to its details giving form to collective experience. For this reason, Eventology unit was extremely interested in the contemporary forms of rituals as some of the most intense and genuine products of our culture. 

 House of Thunder Research of the present–day rituals in Cesis lead to a re–discovery of St.Lawrence’s day or the day of Thunder, which stems from both Christian and pagan traditions. It used to be celebrated every 10th of August by performing various ritualistic actions in order to protect buildings from fire. House of Thunder is a transformable structure, activated once a year to call, await and celebrate the arrival of summer’s last thunder. The structure has two positions: the roof beams form a passageway when hung in the strings or create a thunder sound when dropped to clap in the centre. Deeply rooted in its local social context, the construction is on the one hand functional, giving exposure to a contemporary ritual, and on the other hand a provocative investigation in the culture of Cesis. 

Tutors: Niklāvs Paegle, Thomas Randall–Page, Theodore Molloy 
Participants: Ariel Perea Diaz, Bianca Dobru, George Carapanu, Maria Olmeda Franco, Jacopo Conti, Barbara Pannilunghi, Ida Sons, Žanete Odiņa, Jana Alexandra Beckmann, Sigita Simona Paplauskaite, Vivian Siirman, Ilva Šinta, Jānis Šints Photos by: Eventology unit, Kaspars Kursišs.