On models: the ambiguity of a future manifestation
Serge von Arx has recently published an article in Theatre and Performance Design, an international peer-reviewed journal of scenography. Publishing innovative artistic practice alongside theoretical research, the journal critically evaluates the effect of scenography on the aesthetics and politics of performance and facilitates dialogue amongst practitioners, scholars, and audience.
Physical models are a natural way to plan, research, express, communicate and manipulate. Even as we relate to models as representations of things to come, we invoke a complex web of social, political and ethical paradigms. One is the model’s innocence, evoked in us by the idea of the miniature, of childhood toys stretching across cultures and centuries. Another is the model as a design tool, an instrument of accurate geometrical information, in a consistent reduction of scale. A third is the model’s centrality to urban planning, architecture and theatre design, as a means of development and communication. The combination of the three renders the model a multifaceted, powerful instrument which at the same time is vulnerable to exploitative, propagandist abuse.
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