KB20.067   Title: Set Stage Screen: Realities of Postproduction (installation) (2020). Collaborators: Jeannette Slütter (spatial design), Katia Truijen (research), Delany Boutkan (research), Tanja Busking (video’s), Vera van de Seyp (AR), Marco Broeders (installation execution), Mark van Veen (production). Commissioner: Het Nieuwe Instituut. Role: spatial + graphic design. Exhibited: Het Nieuwe Instituut, Rotterdam.
‘Set Stage Screen: Realities of Postproduction’ is an exhibition installation for the entrance hall of Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. An installation in its own right, the work combines spatial and graphic design to help the exhibition uncover the frames and layers that constitute the production and post-production processes of music videos and performances. Framing different aspects of these processes are three large, open cubes – set, stage, and screen – of the same size and in a 16:9 ratio, arranged loosely so as to serve and be served by the architecture of the museum. It features the bold color of a green screen allowing the viewer to complete the AR layer with an app revealing a video about post-production methods; it features a metal-grid stage for exhibition-related events, the transparency of which emphasizes behind-the-scenes processes but can be covered with a metallic curtain; and it features two enormous screens that can be viewed from the museum’s first-floor gallery, showing the exhibition’s related ‘for the record’ events. The graphic design looks like a post-production layer in itself while blending into the spatial design: the captions are framed by elements of a camera interface and are responsive to the many screen’s sizes, the title design mimics surtitles, and the names of the boxes wrap around them like a film reel. Because related events that are shot here and in related stage-designs by Breen and Slütter return on the installation’s many screens, the work dynamically loops in on itself incorporating its own and related spatial designs and post-production layers creating an ever-moving mesh of the actual and virtual of set, stage, and screen. (photo’s by Johannes Schwartz and Jeannette Slütter)