In the middle of the thrust stage, there is a clear rectangular box with shapes drawn that resemble futuristic screens. An actor would be captured inside the box on the actual performance. There is a large blue circuit board with silver wires and electrical components painted in black, silver, and orange on the floor. The back of the stage is covered with ripped wallpapers of programming codes. A long strip of wire is surrounding the entire set.
I wanted to represent technophobia, a fear of technology, using color and proportions. The stage mainly consists of dark shades of blue and black to evoke ominous emotions. Dark colors often connect with fear and despair, which corresponds to technophobia, as it entails the impression that people cannot control technology. Also, the bright silver and orange colors contrast with the dark colors to show that the circuit board is actively operating despite the fear in the audience. Furthermore, the proportions between the technology and people on the stage show how technology and technological improvements are becoming out of control. Typically, those in control of others are larger to show their authority. In my design, circuit boards, transparent screens, and programming computer screens are more prominent than people on the stage. This illustrates the comparative power in technology and the weakness in people. It represents that technology is in control of humans rather than humans are in control of technology. Since technology is not in people’s control, it naturally creates a fear in the audience that technology is dominating the world. In a rapidly changing society, people fear technology because it is becoming more complex to the extent where only a small group of people can understand and control it. Thus, the unmanageable complexity of technology evokes the emotions of technophobia in the audience. Moreover, the transparent box in the middle of the stage is connected to various parts of the floor. This shows that technology is forcefully gaining information on the person inside the box. Currently, issues regarding privacy in technology are prevalent around the world. Hence, the thought that people’s privacy is not protected and is revealed in the vast world of technology creates fear.
The creation of the circuit board was very successful. I was able to create a floor that resembles a circuit with wires and electrical components. I like the way that I designed the floor to show the connection between different parts. I am also proud that I was able to cut the foam board into circular shapes and create an electrical component. Additionally, I successfully cut the back wall in a shape that is not a plain rectangle to show how objects become distorted when they are feared.
I wish I had created more detail in the circuit board and added a robot hand on the stage. The circuit board is not an accurate representation of a circuit. Hence, I could have worked out a detailed circuit to lead the audience to immerse in the performance. Furthermore, a robot hand could also have enhanced my design. Because a robot hand is commonly thought of when thinking about technology, I could have utilized it to create a more profound sense of fear in the design.
The scenic design challenge helped me to learn the intricate process of setting a theatre performance. It involves a complex planning process and thinking about what the audience would feel and experience through the performance. The theatre process also consists of directing the audience to feel the plot’s emotion. By being actually involved in theatre production, I was able to visualize the theatre process as a whole.