Scenography Working Group: Building Bridges Between People and Things
Convenors: Natalie Rewa, Gabrielle Houle, Jacquey Taucar
(from the original call for participants
In Re-Assembling the Social, Bruno Latour explains that puppeteers “will rarely behave as having total control over their puppets. They will say queer things like ‘their marionettes suggest them to do things they will have never thought possible by themselves.’ When a force manipulates another, it does not mean that it is a cause generating effects; it can also be an occasion for other things to start acting. The hand still hidden in the Latin etymology of the word ‘manipulate’ is a sure sign of full control as well as a lack of it. So who is pulling the strings? Well, the puppets do in addition to their puppeteers.”
Following Latour’s understanding of the agency of objects, the Scenography Working Group (SWG) asks participants to consider the ways in which things (including building materials, tools, but also immaterial objects like light and sound) inter-act with designers/ scenographers, their creation processes, and resulting works.
Questions participants might explore could include:
Participants will submit ‘working contributions’ in the format of their choice (as long as they can be shared with other participants and with registrants to CATR online prior to the conference). Contributions may take the shape of 3000-word working papers, but also multimedia exhibits, and research-creations (including, but not limited to, manifestos, short films, podcasts, and digital performances). Contributions should explore the topic of things as it relates to the ‘making’ of scenography.
SWG wishes to generate year-round exchanges between theatre academics and theatre designers. We encourage established and emerging scholars, as well as artists in various stages of their career to submit contributions to this year’s meeting. The area of research is not restricted to a particular time or place.