Dissertation: MA Liina Unt

18.05.2012 / 12:00 - 16:00

Dissertation in contemporary art

Master of Arts Liina Unt will defend her dissertation Landscape as Playground. The environmental experience of landscape as fictional and real in a performance. Dr Anna Birch, The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, will act as the Opponent. Professor Juha Varto will act as the Custos.

Location: Aalto University School of Arts, Design and Architecture, Hämeentie 135 C, Media Centre Lume, Sampo Auditorium.

The aim of the research is to investigate the use of landscape for the scenography of a theatre performance with minimal physical alteration. The study relies on data gathered from three open-air performances in found environments in Estonia. The study argues that the process, in which scenography borrows the body of a landscape, can be understood through the concept of play. A play creates a fictional environment that does not, however, cancel its experience in the real context. In play objects and environments can be viewed as temporal agreements that last for the time of the play and are shared by the participants. However, it is the fictional layer that participates in the making of meaning. The analysis showed that the aesthetic experience of a play environment is a form of aesthetic engagement: a multisensory involvement with the immediate environment.

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