By Abhilash Pillai (India)
Though working for a national institution and play-directing or theatre-making for different institutions and companies, Abhilash is also seen within a visuality of a regional Kerala locale. As he works to evolve a visual language with actors and designers through exercises and improvisations - trying to define a methodology for visual language - this process has also raised the question: if scenography has a process in place similar to acting ones. Are these processes also institutionalised? How much space do we give to the student’s ideas or historical forces, which shape our own conception of spatiality? Through this presentation session, Abhilash will attempt to re-value his practice-research with a strong critical perspective and examine it as a representative example which captures anomalies and contradictions as well, raises questions of a visual language in a global context.