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Call for participation: TaPRA Scenography Working Group

G/Hosting Scenes: Scenography and Memory

The autonomy of the uninhabited costume is troubling and uncanny in Freud’s sense, both familiar and strange, like a double of the thing it once was. It is an incomplete body, brimming with potential and memory, imprinted by a body no longer in it and offering a ghostly and inanimate outline of a body of its own. Aoife Monks, The Actor in Costume, 140-1.

For this year’s meeting in London, the Scenography Working Group supports an open call. Our theme focuses broadly on how we negotiate material artefacts and the collectively-produced ephemerality, materiality and semioticity of scenographic effects; that is, how performative interactions produce scenography as an evental process of continual re-activation. We invite presentation proposals from a wide variety of scholars and practitioners, with a special emphasis on the interconnections of scenography and memory in relation to contemporary and historical performance. Embracing the interdisciplinarity of the field, we are keen to include proposals that would be suitable for panel sessions open to members of other working groups, or joint proposals from members of more than one working group.

As a working group we actively promote practice-as-research methods and we welcome proposals in a variety of different presentation formats. These formats can include, but are not limited to:

  • 20min paper/practice presentation
  • PechaKucha*
  • Exhibition and Installation work
  • Performance Practice

*A PowerPoint presentation with 20 images/sides set to automatically progress after 20 seconds. Presenters are then invited to speak alongside their images if they wish. This format is ideal for sharing image-based provocations or artistic practice in a time efficient manner.

If you plan to submit a proposal that includes a technical or spatial requirement, early consultation with us is important if you are planning something large, unusual or complicated. If this applies, please contact the working group convenors to discuss your requirements before you submit.

Your presentation proposal, irrespective of format, should include a 200-300 word abstract along with a short biography. We plan to structure this year’s working group around the strengths of the applications we receive. If you wish to be considered as part of a panel or joint event, please state this within your proposal.

Suggested topics relating to the broad theme of ‘G/Hosting Scenes: Scenography and Memory’ include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Memory as ‘the moving image’ (Deleuze)
  • Scenography and the uncanny
  • Scenographic hauntings
  • G/Hosted spaces
  • Scenography and disappearance
  • Embodied and disembodied costumes
  • Spatial/temporal collapse
  • Scenography as an open network
  • Scenography and the senses
  • Archiving, exhibiting and/or documenting scenography
  • Scenographic histories
  • The creative, memorialising and pedagogical possibilities of technology and new media in relation to scenographies
  • The theoretical potential of emergent forms of scenographic practice (for example, in offering fresh ways to examine history)
  • Scenographies working with or against the histories of particular spaces
  • The relationship of contemporary to historical visions of scenography
  • Scenographic traces
  • Scenography and the event

Proposals must be sent to each of the Scenography Working Group Co-Convenors:

Fred Meller,

Siobhán O’Gorman,

Luis Campos,

Please note: Only one proposal may be submitted for the TaPRA 2014 London Conference. You should not submit proposals to several working groups, whether these are the same or different proposals. All presenters must be TaPRA members, i.e. you will need to register for the conference in order to present your paper. This includes presentations given by Skype or other media broadcast.

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