|Module Title||PRINCIPLES OF SCENOGRAPHY|
|Co-ordinator||Mr Richard D Downing|
|Other staff||Mr Richard D Downing, Mr Simon J Banham|
|Co-Requisite||SG20110 For Joint Honour Scenographic Studies, SG20310 For Joint Honour Scenographic Studies|
|Course delivery||Lecture||2 Hours 8 X 2HR LECTURE / WORKSHOP|
|Seminars / Tutorials||1 Hours 4 X 1 HOUR SEMINARS|
- to demonstrate an awareness of a range of basic principles informing the construction and interpretation of scenographic material.
- to demonstrate an understanding of the practical and conceptual consequences of basic principles informing the construction and interpretation of scenographic material.
- to conduct an analysis of spatial and durational aesthetic events generated, organised and presented according to these principles.
1. SPACE / PLACE
A consideration of notions of 'space', 'place', 'location' and 'context', through acknowledgement of the diversity of concurrent readings within the encounter of any, and all, meaningfully presented aesthetic events.
2. TIME / DURATION
A consideration of duration as both a temporal and physical dimension. As the frame within which the defining thread of an event is realised as whole and complete. Exploring the characteristics of that 'journey' - be it across the trajectory of an action, narrative, or predetermined conceptual structure - beyond any measurement of the time it may take for the event of this duration to move from initiation to conclusion.
3. DELIVERY / ENCOUNTER
A consideration of the act of delivery and the moment of encounter as simultaneously distinct and inseparable. Identifying the 'moment' and method of delivery as a construct, allowing actions and information to be made specifically visible as a meaningful act. Acknowledging that there is no necessity for delivery to a single mode of encounter exclusively, or for multiple modes of encounter to be mutually inclusive.
4. STRUCTURE / PROGRESSION
A consideration of dramaturgy and conceptual strategy. Encouraging the holistic appreciation of principles, within both the composition and analysis of organised material. Suggesting that the organisation of material may be usefully examined in terms of:
- 'length', as a 'horizontal' sequences across the full frame of duration;
- 'depth', as a 'vertical' layering of concurrent and interdependent threads;
- 'breadth', as the 'range' or 'field' of concern addressed by that material within the chosen parameters of context and intention.
The module offers an initial examination of organising principles informing the construction and interpretation of scenographic material. These principles are addressed through the holistic consideration and analysis of their consequences within the conception, construction, presentation and encounter of an 'aesthetic event', as a meaningful and communicative act of cultural production and social stimulation. These concerns are most commonly referenced within the contexts and conventions of theatre, performance, installation and live art, and acknowledge a range of intentions expressed through social engagement, artistic practice and political intervention.
- to examine the practical and conceptual consequences of basic principles informing the construction and interpretation of scenographic material.
- to encourage the analysis of spatial and durational aesthetic events generated, organised and presented according to these principles.
- organisation and presentation of analytical and conceptual material.
- familiarity and facility with IT.
This module is at CQFW Level 5