The Empowering Potential of Re-Staging

LEA Volume 18 Issue 3
Volume Editors: Lanfranco Aceti, Janis Jefferies, Irini Papadimitriou
Editors: Jonathan Munro and Özden Şahin

ISBN: 978-1-906897-18-5
ISSN: 1071-4391

Reference: Birgitta Cappelen and Anders-Petter Andersson, “The Empowering Potential of Re-Staging,” eds. Lanfranco Aceti, Janis Jefferies and Irini Papadimitriou, Leonardo Electronic Almanac (Touch and Go) 18, no. 3 (2012): 130-139.

The Empowering Potential of Re-Staging
by Birgitta Cappelen and Anders-Petter Andersson

In this paper we present and discuss the empowering potential of restaging interactive art installations. We build on an approach, where we divide the staging process into four levels of staging (potential, strategic, tactical, dynamic), and in Umberto Eco’s sense of openness, to four categories of choices (genre, temporal, spatial, actorial) to perform on each staging level. We present and discuss how we staged one of our interactive installations at a museum of modern art and a rehabilitation center for people with severe disabilities. We discuss our staging experience in relation to empowering qualities like; possibilities for self-expression, vitalization, ability to act, co-create, participation and mutual relation building. Our experience was that re-staging art at a radically different place became a provocation that re-vitalized us as creative individuals.

Full article is available for download as a pdf here.

The artworks in the article are © Birgitta Cappelen and Anders-Petter Andersson.

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