I spent the first full day at Chelmsford designing the new Smallest Theatre in the World. The college is so well equipped and everybody is very friendly too. Makes a pleasant change from watching paint dry all on my own. My plan is to make a flat pack, touring friendly version out of welded Ali square tube with painted panels attached.
I’ve made two 1:5 scaled maquettes of the structure today, and now am looking forward to the fun part which is designing the scenic painting to go on the panels.
This is the seconf one I made, a tapered structure which I think may give us more opportunities to play with perspective and viewpoint.
A couple of interested students dropped by and it would be really good to get them submitting models as well. This project is a very interesting use of visual thinking because it’s entirely subject to the logic of a performance – it’s definitely NOT another art show. The structure and the appearance has to work as a performance space, and I’m learning what a subtle discipline that is. I really love the way it is totally audience focussed. The Lemmings, like all actors, always think about who they are playing to. Visual artists sometimes spend unhealthy amounts of time thinking about what they are playing with….
Day in London tomorrow which will involve buying more paint at Atlantis (you can’t be too careful) topped off with the fundraiser for the Smallest Theatre featuring live performance by the Joe Fleming Band