Entertainers, dancers, musicians or street artists perform individually in open public spaces. They have enabled the option of an exclusive form of interaction for the audience by offering art as an experience. They have challenged the antiquated form of displaying art only in theatres by their performance. But, their reach is bound by lack of infrastructural support on performance locations or the disengagement of spectators with art, that persists.
Can we as designers suggest an alternative to house such artists by giving them an open platform to explore their potential? Can this intervention help re-establish the lost connection of people with art?
Theatres helped in the past in a generation when television and internet were yet to gain traction. In today’s world if people are not coming to view art (because of many factors), can’t art forms reach out to people? Can architecture and technology help us to reach out audiences in a way that appeals in today’s age?
A Bioscope is a device (also referred as theatre in a box), which gave an audio visual experience portably. The idea behind this is to bring theatre like experience to the streets at a very tiny price. Its facilitator travelled from place to place bringing new visuals of artforms, places and performances through its short films inside it.
The Madrid Artist’s Bioscope: This problem takes inspiration from street artists and equips them with a bioscope like architectural device that enables them to perform with a portable theatre on the streets of Madrid. The challenge here is to design a shared portable theatre box for a group of street artists.
The participants have to design a portable structural device for artists that can be placed in any public realm in context with the city conceived from the design of a Bioscope that was used as a portable cinema theatre.
The Madrid Artist’s Bioscope is conceived to be an all inclusive set up of what an artist should need for a performance, be it lights, speakers, props, backdrops, seats, modern visualization equipments, etc. The portable theatre box has to be compact in nature, keeping in mind an ease of movement through streets/urbanscapes or while being towed by a car. The bioscope is not conceived as a place for living for the artists, but as portable theatre only.
- Design should follow principles of portability, ergonomics and mobility.
- The device must be expandable enough to be placed in any public plaza across the city.
- Integrate new mediums of technology and visualization in the bioscope.
- The bioscope should be flexible/ adaptive enough to accommodate needs of diverse kinds of artists (painters, musicians, entertainers, etc.)