Design Participation As Postdramatic Theatre

Merja Ryöppy, Patricia Lima, Jacob Buur

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In our struggle to better understand and facilitate design participation we have turned our attention to the novel genre of Postdramatic Theatre (Lehmann 2006). In particular, this paper explores the intersections between Postdramatic Theatre and Participatory Innovation (Buur & Mathews 2008). Two important themes have emerged from this research: The theme of switching roles as a negotiation between directing, acting and watching; and the theme of losing control as a paradox of planning and improvising. To discuss how these concepts inform the process of participating, we report on theatrical experiments conducted with design students in their exploration of roles and interactions with objects.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 4th Participatory Innovation Conference 2015
EditorsRianne Valkenburg, Coen Dekkers, Janneke Sluijs
Place of PublicationThe Hague
PublisherThe Hague University of Applied Sciences
Publication date18. May 2015
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-73077-66-9
Publication statusPublished - 18. May 2015
Event4th Participatory Innovation Conference: Reframing Design - Mälardalen University, The Hague, Netherlands
Duration: 18. May 201520. May 2015
Conference number: 4


Conference4th Participatory Innovation Conference
LocationMälardalen University
CityThe Hague
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