Exhibiting Scenographic Identities at the 2007 & 2011 Prague Quadrennials

by Carl Harry Walling

Institution: Bowling Green State University
Department: Theatre
Degree: PhD
Year: 2015
Keywords: Theater; Theater Studies; Theater History; Design; Scenography; Theatre; Theatre Design; Performance Design; Prague Quadrennial; Czech Theatre; Design Exhibition; Art Installation
Record ID: 2058867
Full text PDF: http://rave.ohiolink.edu/etdc/view?acc_num=bgsu1419006710


Theatrical design is difficult to exhibit as Art . During the course of the twentieth-century, prominent theatre designers have sought ways to share their revolutionary ideas and remarkable work with an outside audience. In this dissertation, I examine the boundaries, struggles and methodologies found within contemporary design exhibition at the Prague Quadrennial. More specifically, I explore a philosophical shift taking place between the 2007 and 2011 Prague Quadrennials, as the event’s artistic leadership repositions the scenographic underpinnings toward a more inclusive theory of performance design. This resultant shift occurs due to several trends throughout the Prague Quadrennial’s history including: decentralization, the inclusion of performance and the contextualization of scenographic artifacts. I examine the significant impact of this philosophical shift on the event’s curatorial visions, audience interactions and connections with the city of Prague.