On Models is a curated collection of scholarly articles, personal reflections, and visual essays. It speaks from practice and about practice in an international context and from a range of disciplines, from scenography to architecture and lighting design, and from the perspectives of the designer, archivist, maker-theorist, historian and theorist.
Our most recent research on models, published as The Model as Performance. Staging Space in Theatre and Architecture (London/New York 2018), showed that the set design or scenographic model had only dealt with marginally in the disciplinary discourses of theatre and performance studies. This seemed to be in distinct contradiction to a trend we observed during the last decade that increasingly sees models as scenographic elements on the stage as well as models becoming a fixture in scenographic exhibitions. To us these models represented a new, a different kind of model and our curiosity was stirred. In The Model as Performance, we call this new kind of model the autonomous model and define it as an artefact from which no further artefact is produced and as one that has been conceptualised and designed as its own reality, and as its own world.
On Models gives specific insights into contemporary and historical modelling practices, and addresses both physical and digital models as objects of research, objects of experimentation and, last but not least, as objects of desire for maker and viewer.
Theatre & Performance Design, On Models
Edited by Thea Brejzek and Lawrence Wallen
Routledge / Taylor & Francis 2018