TO ALL SENSES?
„TO ALL SENSES?! – Scenographic production for a novel country of milk and honey” was the motto for this year’s graduates.
In their theses they explored this motto and developed concepts for a walk-in space of experience, resulting in diverse scenographic interpretations of a modern space that is associated with wishes and unlimited desires.
All concepts were presented at “The creative act is process not a moment”, a large exhibition at Basel’s trade fair grounds that was open to the public from September 3rd to 11th 2011.
Since ancient times, the dream of living in a country of opulence and luxuriousness has been alive in literature, be it as motive or subject. Arcadia, Elysium, Walhalla, Shangri-la or simply paradise are some of the names given to this other realm placed in the netherworld or in countries far away, where mythical and religious visions about blissful sceneries and golden times were called into being.
The graduates used contemporary design methods to interpret this sphere of wishes and desires and translated it into a walk-in space that can be experienced with all senses. The goal was to create a coherent and dramaturgical chronology of spatial images, installations and staged elements.
The main question addressed in the graduates’ concepts focused on “Luxury, opulence… boredom?” Do we really want “more”? Or, aren’t we yearning for “less”? Nowadays country of milk and honey, isn’t it a place of reduction, tranquility, recreation and purism at a time of overwhelming opulence?
Charlotte Tamschick replacement for Professor Uwe Brueckner who is on his sabbatical year
Cornelia Vinzenz, Lea Alvarez,