Once every 4 years, there is an International Symposium for Performance Design and Space, called the Prague Quadrennial (PQ). In 2015, I attended PQ. At this time, I found out about the MA Scenography course in HKU. I kept a small info bundle in the back of my mind (and email) for some time. Then, it was such a pleasure to attend PQ again in 2019, while studying my research in Scenography, and to collaborate on a PQ project.
The PQ 36Q was an immersive piece made to depict the human circadian rhythm. 4 groups - each made of a lighting, sound and video designer - each took a segment of the circadian cycle, to last about 5 minutes.
My group was for Morning. It was interesting to create to the feeling after 'Deep Sleep' and before 'High Function'. Collaborating with two girls from America, we made a pallette and worked around the clock for 6 days to execute the segment.
Overall, it was a great joy to participate in this project. I noticed the politics of power and hierarchy in some of the workings, which of course is to be expected. It did give me a very strange feeling in the end to feel like the project was overall a giant advertisement for Rode lighting, however they are a major sponsor for one of my most favourite events, so I can understand it.
If I was to do this project again, I would have more communication before going to Prague with my group.
It was really enjoyable to watch the former ice-rink be transformed into an immersive space complete with a huge surround speaker array - on which I worked with the lead sound operator to spatialise - and incredible lighting and video system. There was also VR pools - taking the immersivity even further - and performing artists in the rink. The total work of all 4 segments lasted 24 minutes - a minute for each hour of the day. I hope some of the spectators got to experience the full run.
Images of final piece of my group Segment 2: Morning
Image Credits: Various Artists via PQ