Pluriversal scenographics and staging world feelings: Climate crisis in SUPERFLUX’s ‘It Is Not The End Of The World’

Rachel Hann*

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Abstract

This article investigates the role of scenographics in staging climate crisis cultures. The art collective SUPERFLEX’s installation It Is Not The End Of The World (Copenhagen 2019) explored human-world relations through techniques of set design, lighting, sound and costume. Central to this was a detailed 1-to-1 scale replica of the UN Building toilets re-imagined as an archaeology of a future without humans. While described as an ‘installation’, It Is Not. . . is adopted as a case study that exemplifies the role of scenographics in irritating a sense of place and is argued as affording insight into the assemblages of place, world and atmosphere. Drawing upon Global South philosopher Arturo Escobar’s ‘pluriversal design’, I offer an argument for scenographics as a methodology when investigating world feelings in an era of climate crisis. ‘Pluriversal scenographics’ is proposed as a critical framework for the staging of nondualistic, relational and more-than-human ‘possible reals’. Pluriversal concepts are proposed as a model for renewing the political purpose of scenographic practice as a methodology for investigating world feelings. I conclude with a call for a renewed political task of scenography and the value of this perspective for theatre makers, arts professionals and cultural geographers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalCultural Geographies
Early online date23 Feb 2024
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Feb 2024

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