Unfamiliar Familiar Theatre - “In this expanding dystopia, escapism and absurdism can be an important tool for harnessing new ways of thinking about, and changing spaces around us.”
Absurdity - Using Absurdity in design of interior public spaces can challenge our perception of spaces by breaking preconceptions through the use of mixed metaphors.
Metaphors - An expression of a memory associated with a past experience or distant location, found in an unexpected place may challenge how we understand it.
Exploration - Fun - Seclusion - Rest - Experience of an environment enforces spatial presence and may lead to reflection.
Objects - Interacting with objects defines understanding of a place and forms connection to the use of the space vie encounter.
What do you see when you think of theatre? - 15 years ago, the internet was an escape from the real world. Today, the real world is an escape from the internet.
Engagement - Explores the concept of absurdity as looking at the reality through what we haven’t yet experienced.
Disconnect to Reconnect - Escapism might be weakened in quiet spaces that allow people to disconnect. Those are harder to find in a city, than places to socialize.
Comics - Top two images portray today's escapism in an everyday setting. The first comic strip shows the effect social media has on our perception.
Exploded Axonometric of Albany Theatre - Technical drawing