Gesture and Expression

After considering the true essence of what it is to tell a story I have come to the realization that the most important qualities that story-telling inhabits is the gesture and expression that is communicated. I believe that without such qualities, it looses its meaning.

I began to dig deeper into this idea of the process of telling stories and broke it down into three essential parts

Experience: hearing a story from someone else or experiencing a day to day or unique encounter

Processing: then one begins to think about this experience and begins to form their own understanding of that situation

Express: then the person or storyteller tells others about this experience.

This process happens on a day-to-day encounter and is a large part of our human experience. This act of story telling is the way in which we live. The expression of self and our human experiences. People thrive for such entertainment and the true act of expression becomes essential in ones life.

These ideas of gesture and expression become a means of communication. Without these people begin to miss interpreter or make up the account.

For this Narratorium I want to begin to address the cities interaction with story telling on a more intimate informal level. I also perceive a space that allow for more of a formal level as well.

I also have this idea of a vocal and gesture gallery that are basically these hall ways that begin to literally speak and as you are passing through this hall way there are stories being told that you can either stop and listen to or catch fragments of numerous stories that begin to merge to one. The walls show projections of gestures that go along with the stories.

I know that I also want a café to line the street edge of the structure that overlooks the informal story telling narration space.


Narratorium Proposal

Narratorium, a place where stories are to be told. Stories in various displays generally told by an individuals, rather than books. Books being a means of storage for a narrative. The real story is truly interpreted when told by an individual. The unfolding narration of a physical, a verbal, or expressive interpretation begins to surface the essence of storytelling. There are several ways in which to reiterate a story, such as books, movies, music etc.

Stories in this understanding can be fiction or nonfiction, although I believe them to be more non-fictional, and have to do with real life experiences. Story telling is a large part of everyone’s life. We tell stories several times a day. We also pay a great deal of money to see plays and operas, which are conditions of live storytelling. As humans we strive to have human interaction and for drama. We continuously reinterpret our personal experiences to others, which is a means of telling a story. We also capture history thorough a series of telling stories.

I really believe that storytelling has more to do with a human interaction. Having that human contact with someone, rather then a false way of communication. To truly understand the story in its full context we need to have the physical manifestation. Seeing the person’s expression and gestures add many details to the story.

So to me this allows several ways of interpretation, as long as the person is physically present when experiencing the storytelling process. Narrations, Music, Plays, Operas, Musicals, Historical folklore are all an approach of storytelling.

For this place to be a Narratorium it should comprise of not only places to tell these stories but also casual places to allow for interaction to occur to create stories, also for storytelling.


General concept of the structure
A Narratorium being a place of story telling I see this structure as though it tells a story of its own and is very honest. It begins to display the stories of the many that inhabit it.

Performance Space
For these performances of storytelling, we begin to see the need for several spaces or one space that allows for the many conditions of storytelling. I see this space as a tailored auditorium that can allow for a small-personalized space or also allow for a large group of people.

Practice Space
I feel as though a space is needed for the formal performances of storytelling to be practiced, this space will be something of a series of small spaces that are soundproofed and allow for small audience.

Gathering Space
This space is to be a place of social gathering, before, after performances, also for just the purpose of social interaction. Seeing this space as very open and welcoming.

Personalized gathering and thinking space
This space has the purpose of social interaction between the storytellers, a place for these people to come together and express their thoughts to one another, sharing experiences and gathering thoughts, possibly also a place for recording thoughts and reading if necessary.

Casual social spaces
These spaces are to be used by the general public but also exposed to the rest of the program of the structure. I envision these spaces to consist of coffee shops, and a place for the general public to interact.

Service space
These spaces are needed for all structures but I believe that this Narratorium these spaces should be honest service because they begin to reveal the story of the structure. These elements of the structure I see as revealed and exposed.


This facility is to consist of many people. The main people that will inhabit these spaces will be the people that will be telling the stories, which are from Portland that want to tell their stories, formal or informal Many people will be invited to tell their stories from all over the world, in a more formal setting.

There will need to be the general staff such as janitorial services, book keeping, service staff, and people that work for the coffee shops