Call for papers, presentations and provocations
PSi ‘Performance Climates’ Expanded Scenography Panel
Conveners: Ian Garrett and Tanja Beer
In recent years, scenographic practice and performance design have increasingly moved beyond the theatre towards greater forms of hybridity. Traditional theatre spaces and contexts are being rapidly replaced in favour of participatory experiences, transdisciplinary practices, urban interventions and community platforms that also engage with social and environmental issues. Possibilities are expanding to use scenographic strategies (i.e. spatial, narrative, dramaturgical, performative and multi-sensory) as a way of engaging with the world beyond the theatre. In responding to the ‘Performance Climates’ conference theme, this panel seeks to consider our embodied and spatial relationship to global issues and provoke new forms of permeability and transdisciplinarity. We ask: Can scenographic methodologies and practices play a role in revealing ecological complexity – provoking emotional connections that elucidate the concept of environmental and social cohesion and resilience? The aim of the panel is to present an international group of hybrid researcher/creators exploring the boundaries of projects that problematize scenography and performance, and its relationship to greater ecologies and environments.
We welcome papers that intersect with the expanded realm of scenography and the Psi ‘Performance Climates’ theme (http://www.psi2016.com) including: performance, architecture, visual art, choreography, dramaturgy, new technologies, multimedia and community practice. We will be working towards an edited publication on this subject. Depending on interest, our aim is to set up a small symposium-like session on this topic.
Ian Garrett, York University (Toronto, ON, Canada)
Tanja Beer, University of Melbourne (Australia)
Gwenyth Dobie, York University (Toronto, ON, Canada)
Sydney Skybetter, Skybetter & Associates, Harvard, Boston Conservatory (Providence, RI)
Photo credit: Nick Roux (The Peoples Weather Report, Arts House 2014)