HKU Master Scenography
Students at HKU Master Scenography are trained to transform any environment into a theatrical surrounding, through supervising and stimulating the development of their creative and intellectual capabilities.
“Scenography is not simply concerned with creating and presenting images to an audience; it is concerned with audience reception and engagement. It is a sensory as well as an intellectual experience, emotional as well as rational.” (McKinney, Joslin (2009). The Cambridge Introduction to Scenography. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press)
Scenography is a design discipline, that roots from theatre, in which speculative worlds are created. Through times it has become more and more focussed on performance design and seeing the whole event as a ‘staging’ of experience. By nature, it involves designing spaces and environments that include the audience space. It has therefore become a discipline that is not only interdisciplinary, but uses a wide range of media to create immersive environments. Moreover, this is done with an awareness that both the audience and the makers will step into a world that is ‘possible’ but not necessarily true. Context awareness – knowing what it is we are experiencing – is vital for mature reflection of the world we live in (versus possible worlds). Scenographers are able to shape new forms of spaces and experiencing spaces, and can help shape the future.