Scenarchitecture: exhibitions, live events and sited performances in Italy and UK, 2006-2021

Moneta, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-9125-2806, 2022. Scenarchitecture: exhibitions, live events and sited performances in Italy and UK, 2006-2021. Society for Artistic Research.

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The enquiry focuses upon the process of reading, understanding, and interpreting the inner character (Genius Loci) and performative attributes of places, as an in-depth exploration and expression of Spatial Practice and community engagement. Moneta has refined his Scenarchitecture methodology using theatre form as a medium to blend historical research with perceptual, emotional response to site, during live experience of architectural places and their contexts in nature. Combining local history with a physical, dialectic relationship with Genius Loci, the method can reveal the multiple strata of intangible cultural heritage to a broader audience through sited performances deeply rooted in the place. The final goal is to foster place awareness and community engagement, but also to help stakeholders and urban developers when engaging with the character of the place to create design that are respectful of places. Scenarchitecture methodology is grounded in the work of Gaston Bachelard and phenomenology of architecture, in Situationist Psychogeography’s dialectic interaction between people and human environment, including their instrument of Dérive; in studies about phenomenology of Place (Relph, 1976; Alexander, 1977; Norberg-Schulz, 1980), and the role of Genius Loci in Placemaking (Brooks, 2001; Golan, 2012). Moneta’s methodology has developed through repeated testing in different contexts: in Research-led teaching at Nottingham Trent University (The Workhouse, Ghosts!), and at University of Rome La Sapienza (Ants, Euridice, Not a Dream); it was then applied in professional practice for performance and architectural design, with association Archabout (Live City, Tramandala), and for live events in marketing and communication with Smart Jokes (Slipguerrilla, Haka Science, Gladiatori!, Vagoni Diversi). Recognition of the significance of Moneta’s method is evidenced through invitation to contribute to Festival Internazionale delle Arti Sceniche in Rome (2010), exhibitions in Rome and Nottingham (2007, 2008, 2009, 2018), his authored book Scenarchitettura (2012), and journal article on Contemporary Scenography (2011).

Item Type: Website content
Description: Website: Research Catalogue: an international database for artistic research
Creators: Moneta, A.
Publisher: Society for Artistic Research
Date: 21 January 2022
Divisions: Schools > School of Art and Design
Record created by: Jonathan Gallacher
Date Added: 24 Jan 2022 11:18
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2022 15:46
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