Distinguishing scenography from the “regular” visual arts


Last week I was working on a grant application. This is some of what I wrote about:

When you train as a scenographer, the emphasis is on designing visual (and sometimes audio) elements for The Stage – for spaces that are always meant to be walked through, played in, and acted upon. The visual elements are often props and costumes intended for co-opting, or appropriation by actors, and sometimes even audiences.

When I combine my scenography with my storytelling, I create installations in which the audience is the essential actor and the design invites interaction or agency – the scene becomes the context which defines your character in the moment.

What do you think?

(Photo above is of messages created by audience members for other audience members, in a piece I created, called Open in Case of a Modern Emergency.)


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