Pineal Architecture

Crossing Realities

Arthouse Damascus, Syria

"It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye."  - Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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Stage design for a performance of 'body-music' by blind children

We can't imagine how it must be to live in a world without light. But we have to ask what is normal? Are we normal, only because we are able to see? Or shouldn't we better ask, what do we miss, just because our eyes produce an overflow of images, which rule our mind?

The stage design is part of a complete work of art. We assume that we don't create just a background for the performance of blind children. Our aim is to head peoples attention to their senses in general. It's what we call fragmentation of the senses.
Then, when the audience is sensitized, people are prepared to receive the play; the bodymusic of the blind children. And it will talk to all their senses.

The approach on the stage design is quite abstract and intellectual, but the result is completely sensual and perceptive.
Our first act is, by means of a huge lycra, divide the visible architectural space horizontally in two different worlds. Assuming that our imagination of our relationship to blind people is parallel. Pulling up some points of the lycra towards the ceiling we create with the fabric an inversed copy of the real architecture at this site. The upsidedown world of the arches of the lycra begins to mix up with the “normal” world of the beautiful stone arches of the art house.
Then, right to break the concept of these two parallel inversed, apparently perfect, worlds we insert three stages in different places. These stages come down to the audience. They will be in the middle of the people, surrounded by them during the play. It is a mix of the parallel worlds as the play also wants to break the limits between seeing and nonseeing people.

The stage design, or space installation is at the end the result of the crossing of the different realities.