"From ancient times to the present 'spectacle' (the visual aspects of human performance–architecture, scenery, costumes, makeup, lighting, special effects, and staging) has been used to expressively embody and evoke meaning in rituals, ceremonies, and artistic performances. This course [Eye Appeal: Spectacle on Stage and in Life at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro] will examine the use of spectacle as an expressive mode of communication in human performance from antiquity to the present."
(Bob Hansen, 2004)
"Scene is dedicated to a critical examination of space and scenic production. The journal provides an opportunity for dynamic debate, reflection and criticism. With a strong interdisciplinary focus, we welcome articles, interviews, visual essays, reports from conferences and festivals. We want to explore new critical frameworks for the scholarship of creating a scene."
"Svoboda's opera productions evidence his ingenious use of technology, as well as his use of all manner of modern materials, such as plastics, hyrdraulics, and lasers. In Tristan und Isolde, performed in Wiesbaden in 1967, Svoboda created one of his best–known effects, the three–dimensional pillar of light with an aerosol mixture through which shone low–voltage luminaires. In Richard Wagner's The Ring Cycle, performed in London between the years 1974 and 1976, the central unit was a platform that raised, lowered, tilted, and transformed into stairs that leveled no matter at what pitch the platform was. In addition, its underside had a large mirror to reflect performers who were below stage level."
(Thomas J. Mikotowicz, Theatrical Designers: An International Biographical Dictionary)
"The award–winning Big Picture is a 360° audio–visual experience and a unique way for visitors to access the Museum's world–renowned collections of photography, art and sound. Continually changing images are projected onto the gallery walls, floor and visitors themselves creating a total, 'immersive' environment. The images are accompanied by music, sounds and reminiscences from the oral history archives, to create unforgettable shows."
(Imperial War Museum North)
[The Big Picture show at The Imperial War Museum North in Manchester is truly impressive. Audiences are treated to the show as they occupy the projection space: moving through the dissolving images as they pass from exhibit to exhibit.]