Scenography & Politics

10:00 – 11:15
Pair of Panel Discussions

Political Strength of Scenography
(Panel Discussion – 30 min)

Rosane Muniz (journalist, researcher), Camila Bauer (Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul), Luiz Henrique Sá (UNIRIO), Roustang Carrilho (University of Brasília), Kamala Ramers (University of Brasília), Larissa Mauro (Andaime Theatre Company)
BR

It is almost impossible to talk about art without considering the political ideas that move or even interrupt designers’ creations around the world, mainly in countries going through a political crisis of democracy. Bringing back examples from the past and the present of Brazilians designers, the discussion wishes to think about how scenography is provoking, inspiring and transforming.

CATALONIA Art and Democracy
(Panel Discussion – 30 min)
Magda Puyo, Joan Maria Minguet, Marta Rafa, Bibiana Puigdefàbregas
CT

On 1st October 2018, while exercising our democratic rights, we were beaten by the power of the State. Since then a succession of acts from art field and reacts from the power of the state, are putting into question the supposed strength of current democracies.

We invite people from the artistic, intellectual and political fields to express their thoughts about democracy, art or revolution.

15 minute moderated discussion


11:15 – 12:30
Pair of Panel Discussions

Justice Scenographics: Preparing for Civilization Change
(Panel Discussion – 30 min)
Rachel Hann (University of Surrey), Kenneth Bailey (Design Studio for Social Intervention)
UK, US

Drawing upon the established work by the Design Studio for Social Intervention (Boston, USA) on spatial justice, this panel outlines the role scenographic traits, or scenographics, can play in the enactment & communication of climate justice. Justice scenographics are proposed as a means of imagining renewed human-world binaries that go beyond ‘world as resource’ and towards ‘world as connectivity’.

Collaborative Scenographic Practices for Restorative Justice in Virtual Reality
Jennifer Roberts-Smith, Paul Cegys, William Chesney, Colin Labadie, Robert Plowman
CA

The panel describes “relational scenography”, a new approach to performance design that has emerged in the making of a VR project for restorative justice. Examples from the demo show how collaboration with the research team (DOHR.ca), including first-voice storytellers, historians, educators, and technicians, have influenced design choices and aesthetic and ethical visions for the piece.

15 minute moderated discussion

12:30 – 13:30
Panel of Presentations

Building the Political Narratives with Scenic Tools or Spectacularization of Everyday Life
(Presentation – 15 min)
Mia David
RS

Reality became more dramatic then theatre. Thus, theatre is forced to reassess its own role and the ways in which it operates in the contemporary society. The phenomenon we are witnessing is the reversion of the tools used in reality and in theatre. To fabricate the news, the daily politics uses the theatre language, while theatre more and more often uses the language of reality of a documentary.

Wearable Politics: Costume as Resistance and Inclusion
(Presentation – 15 min)
Sabrina Notarfrancisco (Connecticut College)
US

Costume is a powerful semiotic indicator of resistance and inclusion. Whether it be the red Handmaid’s Tale robes worn in the fight for reproductive rights, the hoodies worn during The Million Hoodie March for Trayvon Martin, or the rainbow cape worn by Lena Waithe at the 2018 Met Gala, costume's unique ability to communicate messages of politics and activism is profound.

Scenography and Nation
(Presentation – 15 min)
Siobhán O’Gorman
UK

How might we conceive of ‘national’ scenographies? What processes have informed their development in the context of modernization? How do overlapping practices of theatre, performance and design seek to construct national identities? This paper examines contemporary and historical examples of intersections between scenography, in its broadest sense, and nation as an ‘imagined community’.

15 minute moderated discussion

09 06 2019 10:00—13:30
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