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WSD2017|THE WEATHER MACHINE
 
1-9 July.Taipei, Taiwan
An extraordinary festival of performance design, including exhibitions, performances
and diverse events,attracted over 15,000 visitors from 71 countries.

Exhibition

Professional Designers

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

David Shearing

THE WEATHER MACHINE

Selected Category: Alternative

Category: Performance Design, Projection and multi-media Design

Design Statement

THE WEATHER MACHINE was an immersive, multimedia performance that placed the audience at the heart of the action. The space was designed as a landscape constructed of wooden pallets and real grass. In the centre of the space and above the audience’s heads were twelve hanging cymbals that were activated at specific moments of the performance with water falling on to them like rain. The audience, at times wearing headphones, were guided through a series of atmospheric conditional light, cloud, wind and rain.

Designed for twenty audience members at a time, the piece operated without the physical presence of actors. The space was animated through light, video projection, voiceover and a multichannel sound design. James Bulley’s composition was heard through 16-speakers in and surrounding the landscape. The text, written by Kamal Kaan, was heard throughout the 50-minute experience with fragments printed in a ‘Field Guide’ given to each participant.

Video/Audio

David Shearing

David is an artist and production designer whose practice operates as a hybrid among fine art, installation and performance. His work challenges audiences to reconsider their relationships to each other and their environment. He works in collaboration with other artists to explore the material elements of light, sound, bodies, and ecological design to immerse and engage audiences. David is interested in event as design, creating temporary environments such as ‘THE WEATHER CAFÉ’ which uses design to invite audiences to consider their everyday behaviors . He is interested in how scenography can be used to engage those not likely to experience traditional forms of theatre. Recent work includes ‘The Dock’ (2016) at The Lowry, a temporary performance space and bar in the theatre’s scene dock. In 2014 David was awarded a competitive Sky Academy Arts Scholarship to develop ‘THE WEATHER MACHINE’ with the West Yorkshire Playhouse that culminated in a short Sky Arts documentary with Melvyn Bragg.

David studied for an MA in Performance Design and Practice (Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London). He writes and talks on immersive experience having completed a PhD in ‘Audience Immersion and the Experience of Scenography’, University of Leeds, (2015). www.davidshearing.com

Email Address: david@davidshearing.com

Theatre Company David Shearing

The Premiere Date of Production 2015-02-05

The Premiere Space of Production West Yorkshire Playhouse, Courtyard Stage.

Author Kamal Kaan

Director/ Choreographer David Shearing

Set Designer David Shearing

Lighting Designer David Shearing

Costume Designer N/A

Sound Designer James Bulley

Projection and Multi-Media Designer David Shearing