DISSERTATION | BEYOND THE PLASTER LINE: PERFORMANCE, ARCHITECTURE & THE MISE-EN-SCENE
STANFORD UNIVERSITY | DEPARTMENT OF THEATRE & PERFORMANCE STUDIES
My dissertation, “Beyond the Plaster Line: Performance, Architecture, and the Mise-en-scène” addresses intersections between performance and architecture through the framework of the mise-en-scène. Moving away from the mise-en-scène as an exclusively theatrical or cinematic activity, I give new meaning to the mise-en-scène as a means, method, and medium through which visual and spatial relations structure the sensorium of the stage and the built environment at large. Using case studies ranging from post-World War II Europe to the alternative subcultures of the American West, I investigate both the theoretical and practical potential of performance within the field of architecture. In doing so I challenge the subject-object divide between architecture and its inhabitants, and work to reorient architectural conversations towards action, participation, and live events. Drawing together the politics of performance with the politics of architectural production, I contribute to the growing field of interdisciplinary performance research.
IMAGE: L' architectura assassinée, Aldo Rossi, 1975