Constructing the invisible



An audiowalk through a transit space

#StudioScenography #Master-Thesis

Based on the novel The Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino, the theatre production creates a poetic superimposition: the fantastic cities meet a contrary space in Basel. With Calvino‘s thought-constructs, the parkour leads visitors through a field of tension between imagination & reality, desires & fears. A play in and with interspaces, current themes & challenges of urban space. The recipient appropriates the city through his own participation, questions, fantasizes and therefore experiences a change of perspective.

The future of cities as globally connected places of diversity, solidarity and openness is promising. Cities promise cooperation, interaction and transaction, but they also confront us with global challenges such as diversity, migration, sustainability and (social) mobility.

Migration, digital media and global markets bring different people into new neighborhoods. This situation holds a lot of conflict potential, but is also a basis for new, for good and growth. The influence of digital media is currently omnipresent - digitization sets new standards which are fast-paced: an everyday life that alienates modern humans more and more from their surroundings and thus from the possibility of experiencing them. This leads to the following question:

»How can urban worlds be grasped, be made comprehensible and thought further through theater productions? What role does the individual play in the interface between the city and participation? «

In her analysis different ways are presented in how the recipient deals with a theatrical staging - alone or in a group, sometimes very intensively both with his own environment and superimposed with dramaturgically developed content. The combination and formulation of the findings forms a solid basis for the development of a scenographic concept for a theater production in urban space. The result is an agenda with tools on how urban worlds can be made tangible through a theater production, and how the recipient is encouraged to think ahead. The role of the individual at the interface of city and participation was theoretically analyzed and examined on the basis of the project findings.


Prof. Andreas Wenger

, Studio Scenography & Exhibition Design

Heike Dürscheid, Martina Ehleiter, Ruth Scheel

, Studio Scenography & Exhibition Design