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>>ANOTHER DOLLHOUSE _ not by Ibsen [2015]

If we look at the society as a theatre stage, we are all simultaneously actors and spectators.
To define our social character in this play and to assert it we dress in elaborate costumes, we relate to objects as props, we stage ourselves and we perform.
In the same way we look at the others: how they dress, how they relate to things, how they act… to understand which role they are playing.

Societal norms serve as the script while our individual performances can be called social representation, accumulating into a global play that can be understood as social order and cultural identity. As a social designer, my part in that play is to question this script on its different scales and to undermine the norms.

Given that I used theatre’s structure as a metaphor for our social context, I developed a design methodology based on theatrical elements. As the designer I thus became scriptwriter and stage director. From the perspective of design as an attitude, an awareness machine and a critical and political tool, I aimed to combine it with the historically critical function of theatre; to re-script, re-stage and re-act the spectacle of our everyday in a disruptive way.

"Here starts the representation. The lights fade on the audience. The curtains open on a domestic stage: door, window, staircase and props _ Another Dollhouse".

* A doll’s house – three-acts play by Henrik Ibsen. 1879

Nominated for the Gijs Bakker Award & Keep An Eye Grant 2015.

Click here to see the project: Domestic Theatre & Props for Domestic Drama