Spatial Diorama: The act of the Interior (5 Act Play): Vol 3: Section: Abstracted. Chapter 4

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This paper propositions that interior design should be presented more as a transitional act or staged performance, rather than a static spatial entity. Stage design and the dramaturgy of performance utilise many temporal and spatial place-making tricks that enrich the deployment of narrative experience. This paper advocates a new theatrical consideration of interior mobility through the exploration of spatial location and fluidity of performance in relation to site.

Whilst recognising the lithe flexibility that interior design can offer, there are deeper, more human instincts that can be learnt, from stage craft and its performative and interpretive narrative. This spatio-performative nexus will empower the interior, draw together the sequential dynamics of performance structure and craft new interpretations of spatial enclosure where future interior experience will be found.

Speculations on future interiors will consider and attempt to define the predicted landscape of the ensuing built environment, as populations increase and usable space within the urban realm diminishes. Using the composition methodology of theatrical performance, the interior will be considered as a series of permeable and semi-permeable scenes defined by the membranes of the built environment; which cohere the interior narrative. These spatial arenas form as series of spatial 'acts' that seal, protect and build experience in the interior. This will encourage interiors to become more transient, portable and interchangeable; building the moments of the interior journey through the performance of interior participation.

Future interiors will continue to elicit impetus from the existing urban realm, but will speculatively develop a more independent ephemeral stance from other forms of constructed spatial experience. This experimental paper attempts to define new compositional theory for the interior, supported via a series of diagrammatic and photographic scenarios which demonstrate the sequential interior narrative of the 5-act play.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInterior Futures
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherCrucible Press
ChapterVol 3, Four - Abstracted
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2019


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