'Diorama' - Hidden Theatre's project
Historical structures have an innate story to tell. Beneath the functioning urban landscape of Blackpool, opaque places and architectural mutations lie in layers.
Facades hide and obscure rich chiasms of ‘imbricated strata’ (de Certeau). This spatiality and the emerging visual dialogue are determined by a hinterland, where a complicated, vague and ambiguous frontier exists - the rich and varied topography of Blackpool itself.
Theatre as a ‘construct’ enables us to experience a ‘threshold’ that creates a liminal ‘mental space’, as well as a boundary that demarcates. The voluminous red theatre curtain becomes an analogy for potentiality, unfolding and introducing a concept of continuous dialogue. I employ the ‘Claude Glass/Black Mirror’ as an invocation to suspend and renew vision, and to search & resurrect phantoms, alluding to the uncertainties and anxieties of our time, a temporal and ephemeral metamorphic.