THE ENVIRONMENT KEEPS HAPPENING TO ME.
A spatial hack whereby our group adopted The Shakespeare Globe London entrance area as our own, seeking the opportunity for a design intervention.
Drawing on the portrayal of authority in King Lear, 'Lear-ing' orchestrates and exerts a power over a live stage while concurrently questioning today's political system. The live performance inconspicuously manipulates a stage of the general public to become an active role in this interpretation of King Lear.
Although intervening with the general public, the performance is aimed to be a somewhat private spectacle for a selected audience. By becoming architects of space through adopting a variety of roles, the performers manage to choreograph a play unbeknown to the population of the dynamic living stage.
I played the inconspicuous role of a bin woman during the staged performance, subtly directing the flow of people by maneuvering around the space using the wheelie bin and road cleaning act as an inconvenient obstacle.
Without visiting and observing the space beforehand, small but crucial details like the costume and bin wagon borrowed from a council binman (who manned the area) would be absent, taking away from the authenticity of the act.
I think it is crucial as a designer to engage with the environment we are in as well as the one we intend on designing for. Using the insight gained to inform how we approach the task at hand and the outcomes too. Eliminating the need for making assumptions or presumptions or in other words out-of-sync, bad design.