The project Autonomous Scenography is based on the fascination of visual artist Meryem Bayram for pop-up books. She developed a series of pure basic forms made of sheet cardboard which can be unfolded from an apparently empty flat surface to a whole repertory of evocative scenic elements.
Different artists were invited to use their imagination on the material. In this way, the project demonstrated what happens when the scenography does not rely on a story or choreography, but the other way around. How can the performance artists, sound and light designers contaminate these various scenic elements? In a sensitive yet evocative game of forms, spaces, objects and worlds are set up, revealing to what extent our perception of reality is determined by personal associations.
Autonomous Scenography was developed in two versions. On the one hand an in situ version. In this site-specific version the scenographic elements were the parameters in between which different collaborations between artists took place.
At the same time a black box version. In this stricter format , working with a fixed team consisting of Meryem Bayram (scenographer/director), a light designer, a sound designer and one or more performers. Where the site-specific form is more open to improvisation – although guided by some principles – the black box version deployed itself more in a classical theater structure.
OBJECTS & CONCEPT MERYEM BAYRAM | DEVELOPED WITH AND PERFORMED BY GAËTAN BULOURDE, CLÉMENT LAYES | SOUND DESIGN CHARO CALVO | LIGHT DESIGN POL MATTHÉ | OUTSIDE EYE DAVID BERGÉ | PRODUCTION VALERIE DE VISSCHER | COSTUMES JOHANNA TRUDZINSKI | SPECIAL THANKS MARNIX RUMMENS | PHOTO GIANNINA URMENETA OTTIKER
PRODUCTION PLATFORM 0090 | COPRODUCTION PLAYGROUND (STUK & M)/LEUVEN, WPZIMMER/ANTWERPEN, MAF FESTIVAL/ANTWERPEN, STORM OP KOMST/TURNHOUT | WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE FLEMISH GOVERNMENT
15 November 2014, première Playground Festival STUK, Leuven
Audiovisual registration showcase STUK Leuven 3 July 2013