Autonomous scenography
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Autonomous scenography

Visual artist & scenographer Meryem Bayram is in residency in wpZimmer from October 13th-26th 2014. For her new creation Autonomous Scenography, her fascination for pop-up books is the starting point. Thus she developed a set of basic forms in cardboard that can transform from a seemingly empty space to a variety of suggestive shapes.

Several artists were invited to freely use their imagination in the installation. The project explores what happens when a scenography is autonomously developed. How can the impact of the performer, light or sound affect the interpretation of the material? In a wordless formal game, spaces, objects and worlds come to life and show the extent to which our perception of reality is based on personal associations and memories.

Autonomous Scenography is developed in two versions: an in situ and a black box version. The premiere will take place on 15 & 16 November at the STUK in Leuven.

Try-Out: Wednesday, October 22th 2014 at 20h00 in the context of the Mestizo Arts Festival 2014.

Meryem Bayram

Graduated at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp as sculptor, Meryem Bayram also studied scenography at the POPOK in Antwerp. She works since 2006 as artistic collaborator for Platform 0090.

In the work of Meryem Bayram the unfolding relation between human behavior and a constructed spatial environment is the central driving force. With wood, cardboard and elastics, she creates installations that trace and reshape the outlines of physical space and in a same gesture, are challenging living bodies to inhabit and transform that space.

By proposing specific encounters between body and material, she shapes and organizes tensions between the visible and invisible, the composed and improvised, proliferating connection points while constantly reinventing new obstacles.


Concept & objects: Meyrem BayramBy: Gaëtan Bulourde, Clément LayesSound design: Charo CalvoLight design: Pol MatthéOutside eye: David BergéProduction: Platform 0090Coproduction: STUK (Leuven), wpZimmer (Antwerp), Mestizo Arts Festival (Antwerp), Stormopkomst (Turnhout)With the support of : the Flemish Community