86529 : Miss Julie

play by August Strindberg, written in 1888, a naturalistic tragedy.

themes include a woman’s attempt to overcome the gender, cultural, and environmental forces acting upon her bringing about her downfall; the centuries-old barrier between the aristocracy and the common folk beginning to collapse; all men and women are mercurial creatures, sometimes acting impulsively in response to hereditary and environmental influences on them; every man and woman is psychologically and physiologically complex; Darwinism (only the fittest survive).

studio site a Science Lab / ovens, pressure testers, digital screens, electricity, gas dispensers, specimens, test-tubes, benches, hums, chairs, windows, corridors & elevators.

studio process immersive and experimental drawing, model-making, material experiments, sound and multimedia, to design psychological atmospheres, interiors, furnishings, costumes, and a storyboard.

studio group leader Vesna Trobec (Vesna.Trobec@uts.edu.au).

about the play The play depicts a brief affair between a Lord’s daughter and a male servant. Miss Julie has a dangerous lack of fear of the consequences of her actions, although the shadow of her abusive father lingers dominantly off stage. The original staging is stark and simple, a country kitchen the unlikely venue for such passion and revolutionary fervour. It may have been written as a cautionary tale warning of the perils of sexual equality, but to a modern audience, the play takes on new meaning.

about the site A Material Science Lab opens up the potential to reinterpret the themes of the original play in a contemporary and spatially evocative setting. The site questions the politics of work-spaces and the analogy between emotions/sexuality and alchemy. The site asks students to radically reconsider the aesthetics of the original play, which will influence the design of furniture and costumes. Students will be encouraged to experiment with abstracting the lab technology to assist in communicating their visions.

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