CFP: Australian Scenography

Type of post: Association news item
Posted By: Glen McGillivray
Status: Current
Date Posted: Mon, 2 Mar 2020
Special issue of Scene.
Co-edited by Christine White and Alison Oddey. Guest edited by Tessa Rixon.

This special issue aims to provide space to consider the state of scenography and performance design within Australia, ranging across creative practice, pedagogical approaches and evolutions, and research inquiry. On the cusp of a new decade, Australian performance finds itself within the context of a turbulent political landscape, which has seen the devaluation of the arts at a federal level and instability in the funding landscape, as well as ecological disasters from fires, floods and drought; persistent humanitarian crises and an inability to reach humane solutions for those seeking asylum in our country; and finally, the pernicious impact of European settlement and the marginalisation of First Nations and indigenous voices. 

Against this backdrop, this special issue welcomes contributions on the state of Australian performance and their scenographies. It presents perspectives on the evolution and diversification of design practices and philosophies tied to the unique Australian experience, across a range of performance genres including dance, theatre, opera and inter- and transdisciplinary practices. Submissions could address the following points: 

·                  Indigenous and First Nations scenographic practice and approaches
·                  Scenography and pedagogy within the Australian academy
·                  Scenography as politics/politics as scenography within Australia
·                  Critical considerations of diversity and representation within Australian performance design
·                  Researching on and through scenography
·                  Critical reflections on the history and development of Australian scenography
·                  The influence of Australia’s climate disasters on the creation of the scene, as well as responses to Tanya Beer’s notion of ecoscenography (Beer, 2016) 
·                  Aural scenography and designing the sound of Australian theatre
·                  The function of ‘new media’ technologies within Australian scenographies and the impact of emergent tech on design, space, audiences and performers within digital performance 
·                  Australian approaches to space including site-specific and immersive performance design
·                  Costume and Australian scenography
·                  Lighting Australian performance

Submissions could be in the form of essays, case studies of practice, interviews and roundtables capturing diverse perceptions on Australian design.

Deadline for full paper submissions 31 January 2021
Guest edited by Tessa Rixon submit final papers to Christine White:
Download the Call for Papers here:

About Scene:
Scene is dedicated to a critical examination of space and scenic production. This double-blind peer-reviewed journal provides an opportunity for dynamic debate, reflection, and criticism. With a strong interdisciplinary focus, Scene welcomes articles, interviews, visual essays, and reports from conferences and festivals. The journal incorporates investigations into the development of new technologies and modes of operating, distribution of content and profiles of design for film, television, theatre and events, as well as new platforms such as gaming and virtual environment design. Scene aims to examine new critical frameworks for the scholarship of creating a scene.