Staging Space - The Architecture of Performance in the 21st Century
Staging Spaces explores trends in inter-disciplinary research at the interface of architecture, new media, information technology, and performing arts. The new book has emerged from a research project at SINLAB, an experimental laboratory jointly run by five universities in Switzerland, Germany, and China. The book features a comprehensive essay by Jeffrey Huang and Sabine von Fischer on the questions raised by new media in spaces of performance. The four sections elaborate on the topics of Kinetics, Audibility, Visibility, and Boundaries. They delve into aspects such as movement, interaction, and body tracking; electronic dispositives in acoustic space; the visibility in stage performance; and the performers and their audience. And they look at experiments by performance artists and computer scientists exploring the ways in which art and technology create new spatial relations on the theatre stage or other spaces of performance: movement, sound and light happen no longer simply inside the space, but form relationships within and beyond. The four richly illustrated sections are complemented with text inserts by international expert contributors, looking at or commenting on further aspects of the four main topics.