There’s always something seductive about theatre set design. Built to represent narratives using architectural and spatial language, freedom and imagination are given free rein here (well almost, and more than a real building project, of course).
In the case of multimedia performance, VISTA, our role as the set designer takes on a wider meaning - the performances occurs in a single space, blurring the boundaries between performers and audience. The set would thus include the entire spatial configuration for performers and audience.
The first performance, Impetus, explores how events in our history are being recorded,
forgotten and fabricated. A network of PVC pipes was created as a metaphor of the HDB flats. But instead of wastewater and sewage, the pipes are used to transmit multimedia visuals and audio to the audience.
In the second performance, Interference, the direction was to have a common space shared by audience and performers. Reacting to the theme of frequencies, the stage becomes circumambulative. The audience are seated in the middle where a hill was created out of existing gallery risers. The performance took place around this hill, turning existing spatial corners and walls between columns into works of colours, videos and dance.