Co-Chairs of the Space Sub-Commission Fiona Watt (GBR) & Rob Eastman-Mullins (USA) opened the meeting with introductions, a detailing of the meeting’s agenda and a description this the newly formed sub-commission for new members, and continued with a round of introductions from the group.
Announcements Updates and Calls
The members split into randomly assigned groups at 14:31, and convened at 15:00 to discuss the project ideas that were discovered in independent discussion. (Picture 1 of notes from this conversation below)
Group 1: Monique Corbeil (CAN) spoke for the group about ideas discussed in the breakout meeting. Their discussion focused on indigenous storytelling. Travel, space, mapping, migration, passage of culture, exhibit the past with storytelling. Hazem Shebl (Egypt) spoke about the possibility of having a meeting in Egypt at their conference, and expressed an interest in October 2020. Arb Europe Mediterranean Scenography Forum
Group 2: Eufrasio Lucena-Muñoz (Spain) spoke for the group on the items of discussion What will we do in Calgary 2021. They were very interested in engaging children, museums and public spaces with low impact solutions. Reduce, reuse and recycle. The use of one’s imagination was a key of the discussion. Children often create in their space and translate that into a world for them in nature. Incorporate appreciation for the environment and provide adults with the opportunity to play.
Group 3 Illka Louw (South Africa) spoke for this group discussed the pillars of WSD, discussed possibilities between the train station and the location and creating art in the journey. Perhaps in connection with desire lines, geo-caching, or history in the space with augmented reality. Exchange as a theme. Like the idea of using fabrics in order to have malleable space. Also discussed the idea of fabric, texture and sound of fabric together in discussion.
Group 4: Adam (USA) spoke for the group and conveyed the offer of Casey Kearns (USA) to help find a meeting place as USITT’s Houston for meeting March 2020. Reported group discussions on Indigenous ways of knowing is not limited to colonial cultures. Parallels in indigenous cultures around the world. Realities are the ideas of identity.
We would like to see more about process and to learn and explore new conversations on the projects that are shared. How do we produce knowledge with scenography. Post-secondary institutions of learning generate reading lists. Would love to debate a reading list from us (SpDSC) to, Performance Design, WSD, PQ, USITT, etc. are all different in their function.
Group 5: Jennifer Ivey (USA) spoke for the group about the key topics from the ideas of Reality and Eco-Scenography. The group expressed an interest in a recycles scenic space that performers could engage in at World Stage Design as a workshop, and/or expertise in Collaboration and exploration in space together. Working toward the idea of reality could also include a workshop on smaller scale puppet scenery as a workshop in the festival or translating/transforming scale. One option through photographs of small models and spaces projected into a space to be larger, or using scale model figures around real object to make them change context. The Venice Biennale was also brought up as a possibility for a meeting spot for the Space Sub-Commission.
Interesting points of discussion came from the group discussions. April Viczko (CAN) Discussed coordination with the sustainable theatre project and call for proposals to implement in this project and discussed a desire for a project we leave a legacy behind, might be an avenue that we implement some of the eco-scenography interests from the group discussions.
Abby brought up the idea of Discussion of the sensitively to indigenous people and the knowledge of that in discussion. April mentioned they are traversing this with expert consultants.
In the interest of keeping focus on projects and encouraging individuals to participate project facilitators were asked to Volunteer.
Rob discussed a Space Design meeting for 2022 as a participation in a conference at Wake Forest, North Carolina in the USA. He is interested in putting forward on his campus a common design project which would culminate in a space design exhibit and presentation of a realized design which would be created from an international design team. Eco design, reusable, recycle able design prompts were suggested by the group to be considered for the criteria of design selection. This would occur sometime in September to December of 2022 (“Fall Semester”) as it will align with Wake-Forest universities realized production of the common design project. Group consensus was that this would be a worthwhile endeavor and that Rob should attempt to proceed.
Meeting was closed at 16:00 by Rob and Fiona, with an encouragement to continue discussions independently.
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