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Our research explored potentials for audience participation in unstructured and spontaneous play, or ‘Paida’, within the highly structured environments that are‘non-places’. As three designers who share a common interest in site specific work, this research felt particularly vital to our wider understanding of how to animate and charge public spaces. Focusing on how people play allows us to notice particular things about the uses and misuses of specific environments, looking beyond what we already know about these spaces thus expanding the potential for site specific locations for performance and performance design. We intended to use scenography as a critical tool to understand how we might charge these non-places with possibilities and to give purpose to them by looking beyond just the pragmatics of the spaces.

Images by Laura Ann Price and Tin Vlainić, editing by Constance Villemot

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