The Model as Performance investigates the history and development of the scale model from the Renaissance to the present. Employing a scenographic perspective and a performative paradigm, it explores what the model can do and how it is used in theatre and architecture. The volume provides a comprehensive historical context and theoretical framework for theatre scholars, scenographers, artists and architects interested in the model's reality-producing capacity and its recent emergence in contemporary art practice and exhibition.
Introducing a typology of the scale model beyond the iterative and the representative model, the authors identify the autonomous model as a provocative construction between past and present, idea and reality, that challenges and redefines the relationship between object, viewer and environment.
Thea Brejzek is Professor for Spatial Theory at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia, and an internationally recognised expert in scenography. In 2011, she was the founding Curator for Theory at the Prague Quadrennial for Performance Design and Space (PQ). Recently, she has been a Visiting Professor at Bartlett School of Architecture, UK, and has been appointed to the international scientific advisory board of the Bauhaus, Dessau. Lawrence Wallen is Professor and Head of School of Design at the University of Technology Sydney, Australia. From 2001-12 he was Professor of Scenography at the Zurich University of the Arts, Switzerland. A trained visual artist and architect, his research and practice is concerned with representation of space, spatial narative and postcolonial readings of landscape.
List of Illustrations Introduction Chapter I. The Model as Idea and Object in Theatre and Architecture Chapter II. Staging Politics and Knowledge: From the Ideal Stage to the Model Room and the Mechanical Theatre Chapter III. Staging the Future: The Model as a Performance of Inhabitation Chapter IV. Staging Site: The Full Scale Model Chapter V. Staging the White Cube: The Model as a Performance of Space Chapter VI. Summary and Outlook References Bibliography Index