Contemporary Scenography

Practices and Aesthetics in German Theatre, Arts and Design
by Birgit E. Wiens
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Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Series: Performance and Design

Publication Date: May 30, 2019

ISBN: 9781350064485

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Contemporary Scenography investigates scenographic concepts, practices and aesthetics in Germany from
1989 to the present. Facing the end of the political divide, the advent of the digital age and the challenges of globalization, German-based designers and scenographers have reacted in a variety of ways to these shifts in the cultural landscape.

The edited volume, a compilation of 12 original chapters written in collaboration with acclaimed scenographers,
stage designers and distinguished scholars, offers fresh insights and in-depth analyses of current artistic concepts, discourse and innovation in this multifaceted, dynamic field. The book covers a broad spectrum of scenography, including theatre works by Katrin Brack, Bert Neumann, Aleksandar Denic, Klaus Grünberg, Vinge/Müller and Rimini Protokoll, in addition to scenography in museums, exhibitions, social spaces and in various urban contexts.

Presenting a range of perspectives, the volume explores the interdisciplinarity of contemporary scenography and its ongoing diversification, raising questions relating to cultural heritage, genre and media specificity, knowledge transfer, local versus global practices, internationalization and cultural exchange. Combined with a set of stimulating examples of scenographic design in action – presented through interviews, artists' statements and case studies – the contributors develop a theoretical framework for understanding scenography as an art practice and discourse.