86529: Performative Spaces: The Master Builder
A scenographic design studio in 3 acts.

Act 1. Concept Design.

We will knock on the door of the master builder’s home. We will play the role of the director and scenographer as we create a contemporary and more personal concept for the play.

With detective’s mind, we will use our analytical tools to examine (deconstruct) the play’s text and context as well as our own texts and contexts in order to relocate (re-contextualize) the dramatic action in our current space & time. Here and now, fearless and agile, question and challenge. An iterative and multimedia research and design process. Reading, browsing, taking pictures, writing, diagramming, collaging, drawing, modelling. Some questions: Where does contemporary life sets stages for success, ambition, fear, abusive power, guilt, self-absorption, madness…?
– Who are today’s master builders? – What is the nature of the boundaries between domestic -private life and urban-public life? – What is the nature of the boundaries between reality and theatricality?

Act 2. Design Development.

We will expand and advance our concept to maturity as we learn how to create space and time locations and transitions.

We will find a firmer ground for our concept by locating it in the context of a real theater (Roslyn Packer Theater). We continue our multimedia and iterative design process inside a black box model that will enable a more specific and detailed exploration of the dramatic and technical implications of our design. A closer look into the performative aspect of our design will allow us to explore different ways in which to represent time and spatial transitions. We will create storyboards, scores, and short videos. Some questions: – How do spaces perform in time? – What is the nature of the boundaries between material and immaterial, real and virtual? – What is the nature of the boundaries between figuration and abstraction?

Act 3. Final design and reflective essay. We will immerse ourselves in the artistic and technical details necessary to create a meaningful aesthetic and dramatic experience for the spectator and will decant our theoretical reflections in to a written essay.

We will examine and develop in close detail our project, while producing a performative scenographic model with its respective sets of complementary documentation. We aim at creating a sequence of “finely tuned atmospheric spaces” that could help us identify and experience the politics of the private and public realms. – Who among us will become a master builder? And, what would be the cost?

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