Through experimentation, I find that the Scenographic practice is valid wherein it may simply happen because the artist is inspired to create, and that mere creation can possibly sustain itself as a stand-alone artwork. However, to resonate with the spectator, I find it is necessary to consider the Scenographic work in relation to the world around it. In this same vein, my Scenographic practice allows me to consider and investigate questions about the world around me, and offers a space to address what I find interesting or important, to share it with others.
In my practice, I realize the value, power and importance of being present and sensitive to the present moment. I believe that the Scenographic practice by default acts to serve this: the spatial experience delivers the spectator to the present moment; the spatial experience delivers the present moment to the spectator. As a Scenographer, I am distinctly framing the space and time for the delivery of this spatial sensitivity that I believe is important but missing in society. Perhaps, to be a Scenographer is to be a facilitator of the here-now .
What’s more, my research entails spending time considering my motivation to make Scenographies – through my methods of listening as, my affiliation with the audible grows, I learn the enjoyment of the spatial awareness I find so intriguing. The methods I develop in listening are crucial to attaining this spatial sensitivity and awareness. Outwardly, I have considered that in today’s digital society, decisions are made so constantly for us. We are so constantly under the influence of media and consumerist demand. In this, I notice the importance of the realization of the power of the individual in society and community. Perhaps I would even hope by my works to awaken some individuality or confidence to explore beyond the illusionary parameters of what is expected of us.
Thus, my research becomes about how and why to empower the spectator by sensitizing them through a Scenographic experience. My works are explorations of this empowerment, of applying weight to the present, of facilitating the spectator to be curious.
My research has delivered an understanding that the perception of a spectator is under influence of the Scenography. I aim for my Scenography to serve to empower the spectator to interact with the space. It also acts to expose the spectator to messages, mediums and experiences they would not typically have in everyday circumstance - to serve a purpose by allowing messages and stories to be told, to challenge the spectator.
In many ways, I feel that my research is just beginning. There is so much more I want to try in my practice, and I intend to develop my methods in Spatial Listening, Notation and Spectatorship. Long may the Scenographic exploration and investigation last.