David Shearing

David Shearing
Panel 3: Light as Material

Paper title: The Weather of Scenography: Something in the Air

Abstract: This provocation considers light, haze and air in the reception and creation of performance. Using examples from The Weather Machine (2015) and The Weather Café (2016), David proposes how the air of a performance space can create a multisensory commingling of the senses. Light is considered within an ecological framework of perception and as intimately bound-up with bodily experience. With a focus on haze and fog in everyday life and performance, this paper considers how spectators and scenography might merge.

Biog: David is an award-winning artist making immersive multimedia experiences. His work operates as a hybrid between fine art and performance practices that challenge audiences to reconsider their relationships to each other and their environment. He works with hi and low technologies such video, light, sound and spatial design to create highly emotive and reflective environments. In 2014 he was awarded a competitive Sky Academy Arts Scholarship to develop The Weather Machine. In 2013 he won the World Stage Design award for Best Installation for and it all comes down to this… (2012). David writes and talks on immersive experience having completed a PhD in immersive design and audience experience, University of Leeds, (2015). www.davidshearing.com @davidshearing