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86529 Design Studio: Performative Spaces


7hpw (1hr: interactive lecture, 2hrs: history and theory tutorial, 4hrs: studio)
Requisite(s): 86005 Design Studio: Inhabitations AND 86004 Design Studio: Foundations in Interior Architecture
These requisites may not apply to students in certain courses.
There are course requisites for this subject. See access conditions.


In this studio, students design a theatre set based on their interpretation of a given play. Students learn to translate the play's dramatic action into a contemporary interior setting for audience viewing. Throughout the session, students move through the typical iterative design process a professional scenographer undertakes to develop a concept, an aesthetic language and a final resolved scenography. Deliverables include: sketches, drawings, models, visual storyboards and technical plans.

Overall, in this studio students learn to design atmosphere and to design in time. Students learn how the technical possibilities of the stage allow for many spaces to be designed on the one stage. Students learn the importance of the physical and digital model as a tool for experimentation, iteration and representation in the common history of architecture and theatre. Students gain a broad understanding of historical and current scenographic practice as well as a specific and detailed knowledge of the scenographic language and techniques currently employed by major players in the field. Finally students experiment with and develop their individual scenographic language in concept and representation.

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