things and imaginings
MA Scenography exhibition
‘’Already all confusion. Things and imaginings. As of always.’’
The novel Ill seen Ill said by Samuel Beckett is based on a reconfiguration of the conventional idea of time and space. The character ‘’She’’ is an unnamed old woman, who lives alone in a stark, unspecified rural area at an indeterminate time. Out of the text’s complete obscurity, a number of objects emerge: common things of everyday life appear like luminescent particles, shaping and defining the space around them. Referencing reality, they source their expressive power from the fact that they exist outside the book.
The process included filming anonymous passers-by in the park and superimposing selected moments, visualising an imaginative space where time is altered. The first artefact is based on the hybridisation of a specific object mentioned in the text (a balloon) and the film, which appears as a layer of space.
The second artefact is based on a reversion of this effect, introducing this time the balloon as a projection in a park, transferred in the Dorfman Hub at the Roundhouse. The balloon constitutes the only light in the room and the sound of it inflating and deflating fills the space, thus creating a scenographic orchestration of light and sound. Mirrors all around the circular space contribute to the perceptual experience inspired by Beckett’s text. The spectator would be immersed in a repetitive natural environment where breath is linked with light.
Royal Central School of Speech and Drama,
vimeo 1 / vimeo 2 / vimeo 3