Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts & Communications

School of Performance and Cultural Industries

Mr Scott Palmer

Lecturer in Scenography

0113 343 8734

1.07 PCI stage@leeds building

Scott has over 20 years of teaching and management experience in Higher Education in performance, design and technical theatre.  Through a combination of research, teaching and engagement with external professional partners, Scott continues to contribute to the international emergence of scenography as an intellectual discipline within the  academy. His most recent monograph  Light: Readings in Theatre Practice  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013) explores how light has influenced staging practices throughout history and provides a range of new perspectives on the use of light as a creative performance practice. Scott is co-editor of the new Methuen/Bloomsbury Performance and Design series.

Biography

Scott’s teaching and research focus on scenography, immersive theatrical environments and the interaction between technology and performance. He collaborated on the AHRC-funded Projecting Performance project with Sita Popat and KMA Creative Technology (2006-08). Performance outcomes from this work include the interactive kinetic light installation, Dancing in the Streets, (York 2005,) and experimental productions; A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2007) and The Shakespeare Project (2008) also with Popat and KMA.  This work has contributed to the scenography for DV8 Physical Theatre’s recent International production To Be Straight With You. Recent public performance work with final year undergraduates has focused on devised immersive and environmental theatre practices resulting in Pandora’s Box (2009), Dream/Play (2010), Just Before Dawn (2011), All About Eve (2011) Into the Dark (2012) Blood Wedding (2013) and a one-on-one performance, The Dreaming (2015). He was involved with the creation of Ghost Peloton (NVA & Phoenix Dance Theatre) as part of the Grand Depart Yorkshire Festival in Leeds, May 2014

Scott has also been part of the AHRC/EPSRC funded Emergent Objects – designing the technological interface through performance research. This project formed part of the Designing for the 21st Century initiative drawing on performance knowledge to explore and articulate the emergent nature of the interface between technological object and human that is fundamental to the development of new design thinking and practices.

Scott is an Executive member of the Association of Lighting Designers and his monograph Light: Readings in Theatre Practice  published by Palgrave Macmillan (2013) explores how light has influenced staging practices throughout history, its impact on the experience of the audience and its potential as a creative scenographic element. He is co-convenor of the International Federation for Theatre Research (FIRT/IFTR) Scenography Working Group and Associate Editor for the Routledge Journal of Theatre and Performance Design. His most recent article ‘A ‘choréographie’ of light and space: Adolphe Appia and the first scenographic turn’ was published in the first edition of this journal and argues for a revision to established theatre histories and analyses the particular conditions that converged in Dresden to establish Appia as the first lighting designer and the evolution of modern theatre practice.

Research Interests

Scenography

Lighting design

Immersive and Environmental Performance

Interactions between technology and performance

Performance histories

Scott has contributed to international debate in the emerging field of scenographic study including IFTR Scenography working group, OISTAT Education and History and Theory commissions, and a public presentation at the Prague Quadrennial in 2007. His most recent publication  Light : Readings in Theatre Practice presents historical and contemporary material that explores the creative potential of light and new ways of thinking about lighting as a creative performance practice.

He is a member of Staging China, an international practice-led research network

Teaching

Recent Teaching includes

BA Core Compulsory Modules: PECI 1101 Performance Perspectives, PECI 3700 Independent Research Project,

BA Optional Modules & Elective Modules: PECI 3106 Performance Project (module manager) PECI 3107 Enterprise Project

PECI 2507 Modernism & Postmodernism in Performance (module manager)

PECI 2405 Theatre, Performance & Technology (module manager)

PECI 2104 Industry Study

BA Performance Design:

PECI 2405 Image-based Performance (module manager)

 

Responsibilities

Scott has taken on a number of departmental roles. He was the undergraduate Programme Manager for Performance Design for over a decade, Director of Enterprise and Knowledge Transfer and Deputy Head of the School of Performance & Cultural Industries.

Publications

Books

  • Palmer SD (2013) Light : Readings in Theatre Practice. Readers in Theatre Practice. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan.

  • Palmer SD (2000) Essential Guide to Stage Management, Lighting & Sound. Hodder & Stoughton.

Journal articles

  • Palmer S (2015) “A ‘choréographie’ of light and space: Adolphe Appia and the first scenographic turn.”, Theatre and Performance Design. 1.1-2: 31-47.
    DOI: 10.1080/23322551.2015.1024975

  • Palmer SD (2012) “The beginning of modern stage lighting design: Edward Gordon Craig and the May 1900 production of Dido and Aeneas”, Focus. February/March 2012
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/74746/

  • Bayliss A; Palmer S; Hales D; Sheridan JG (2009) “(Re)searching through play: play as a framework and methodology for collaborative design processes”, International Journal of Arts and Technology. 2.1-2: 5-21.
    DOI: 10.1504/IJART.2009.024054, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/79204/

  • Palmer SD; Popat SH (2008) “Dancing in the Streets - a design case study”, Interactions (New York). XV.3: 55-59.
    DOI: 10.1145/1353782.1353797, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/74745/

  • Palmer S; Popat S (2008) “Dancing in the streets”, Interactions. 15.3: 55-59.
    DOI: 10.1145/1353782.1353797

  • Popat SH; Palmer SD (2008) “Embodied Interfaces: Dancing wih Digital Sprites”, Digital Creativity. 19.2: 1-13.
    DOI: 10.1080/14626260802037478, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/81199/

  • Palmer SD; Popat SH (2007) “Dancing in the Streets: The sensuous manifold as a concept for designing experience”, International Journal of Performance Art and Digital Media. 2.3: 297-314.
    DOI: 10.1386/padm.2.3.297/1, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/76894/

  • Palmer SD (2006) “Book Review- 'Theatre, Performance & Technology; The Development of Scenography in the Twentieth Century'”, Theatre Research International. 31.03: 324-325.

  • Popat SH; Palmer SD (2005) “Creating common ground: dialogues between performance and digital technologies”, International Journal of Performance Art and Digital Media. 1.1: 47-65.
    DOI: 10.1386/padm.1.1.47/1, Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/76895/

  • Palmer SD (2004) “Josef Svoboda - Inspiration from the Past”, Focus. : 4-6.

  • Palmer SD (2002) “So You Want to be a Lighting Designer? A National Qualifications Overview”, Focus.

Chapters

  • Palmer SD; Hannah D; Wilson LA (2011) “Space”, In: Pitches J; Popat S (eds.) Performance Perspectives: A Critical Introduction. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan. 52-87

  • Palmer S; Popat S (2010) “Dancing in the Streets; The Sensuous Manifold as a Concept for Designing Experience”, In: Collins; Nisbet J; A (eds.) Theatre and Performance Design - A Reader in Scenography. 1st. Routledge.

  • Popat SH; Palmer SD (2009) “Dancing with sprites and robots: new approaches to collaboration between dance and digital technologies”, In: Butterworth J; Wildschut L (eds.) Contemporary Choreography: A Critical Reader. Routledge. 416-430
    Repository URL: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/80619/

  • Palmer SD (2006) “A Place to Play - Experimentation and Interactions Between Technology and Performance”, In: Oddey A; White C (eds.) The potentials of spaces : the theory and practice of scenography and performance. Bristol: Intellect. 105-118

  • Palmer SD (2003) “Making Light Work - lighting design in contemporary British theatre”, In: Hamon-Sirejols C; Surgers A (eds.) Theatre;espace sonore, espace visuel -Theatre: Sound Space, Visual Space. Presses Universitaires de Lyon. 267-276

  • Palmer SD (2001) “Virtual Light - Using Digital Technologies in the Process of Lighting Design”, In: Wierzchowska A (eds.) Tradition and Innovation in Theatre Design. Jagiellonian University, Cracow. 81-86

  • Palmer SD (2000) “Technology and Scenography - Teaching Lighting for Performance”, In: CIBSE (eds.) Lighting 2000. The Chameleon Press Ltd. 222-228

Conference papers

  • Palmer S (2014) Dark Matters: Layering of light and shadow in contemporary ‘immersive’ performance practice. IFTR Theatre & Stratification World Congress

  • Palmer S (2013) Light and the Choreography of Space: the scenographic legacy of Adolphe Appia. FIRT/IFTR Re-Routing Performance

  • Palmer S (2012) Luminous forms through space’ – Light, performance and the city.. PSi #18 Performance :: Culture :: Industry

  • Popat SH; Palmer S (2011) Against Ghosts: Mixed Reality and Embodied Presence. Performance Studies international (PSi) #17 - Camillo 2.0 Technology, Memory, Performance

  • Palmer S; Popat SH (2010) A Stage Beyond: Cultural Impact, Performance and Knowledge Exchange beyond the University Campus. On the University - [The Third] World Universities Forum

  • Popat SH; Palmer S (2010) Extending and Disappearing Bodies: Performance in a Mixed Reality Paradigm. Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts Sensual technologies: Collaborative Practices of Interdisciplinarity

  • Palmer SD; Popat SH (2007) Dancing in the Streets. Proceedings: DUX07 3rd International Conference on Designing for User Experience, Chicago November 5th-7th 2007 DUX07 3rd International Conference on Designing for User Experience, Chicago November 5th-7th 2007.
    DOI: 10.1386/padm.2.3.297_1

  • Popat SH; Palmer SD (2007) A Full Innocence: The Paradox of Stillness in Movement. Proceedings: Computers in Art and Design Education (CADE) 2007 Computers in Art and Design Education (CADE) 2007.: 171-178.

  • Popat SH; Palmer SD (2007) Revealing the Wizard of Oz: Interrelationships between performer-dancer, performer-operator and digital sprite. Proceedings: International Symposium: Re-thinking Theory and Practice: International Symposium: Re-thinking Theory and Practice:.

  • Palmer SD; Popat SH (2007) Projecting Performance @ Universal Voices. Proceedings: Universal Voices International Symposium Universal Voices International Symposium.

  • Popat SH; Palmer SD (2007) Projecting Performance: Embodied technologies for operator and performer. PSi #13 Proceedings: Performance Studies international #13 Performance Studies international #13.

  • Palmer SD; Popat SH (2006) Dancing in the Streets: Interactive play and digital performance. Proceedings: (re)Actor: 1st International Conference on Digital Live Art, Queen Mary's University, London 11/9/06 (re)Actor: 1st International Conference on Digital Live Art, Queen Mary's University, London 11/9/06.

  • Popat SH; Palmer SD (2006) Projecting Performance HCI. Proceedings: Engage HCI: The 1st International Symposium on Culture, Creativity and Interaction Design Engage HCI: The 1st International Symposium on Culture, Creativity and Interaction Design.

  • Palmer SD (2006) Dance and Interactive Scenography: Exploratory approaches to making performance with technology. Proceedings: Connectivity - 10th Biennial Symposium of Arts and Technology Connecticut College, New London, CT 06320 USA. Conf Proceedings.10: 125-136.

  • Popat SH; Palmer SD (2005) Collaborative Research Between Performers and Technologists. Proceedings: TaPRA Inaugural Conference, University of Manchester, September 8-10 2005 TaPRA Inaugural Conference, University of Manchester, September 8-10 2005.

  • Palmer SD (2005) Performing Technology: Explorations in Interactive Scenography. Proceedings: The Stage and the Visual Arts: Past, Present and Future, International Conference on Scenography, University of Amsterdam, May 11-15th 2005 The Stage and the Visual Arts: Past, Present and Future, International Conference on Scenography, University of Amsterdam, May 11-15th 2005.

  • Palmer SD (2004) Technology versus Performance - Destroying the Cohesiveness of Making Theatre?. Proceedings: Different Directions Conference - Scenography and Performance, Loughborough University, July 2-4 2004 Different Directions Conference - Scenography and Performance, Loughborough University, July 2-4 2004.

  • Palmer SD (2001) Virtual Light - using digital technologies in the process of lighting design. Proceedings: FIRT/IFTR International Conference on Scenography, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, 7-11 June 2001 FIRT/IFTR International Conference on Scenography, Jagiellonian University, Cracow, 7-11 June 2001. (Submitted)

  • Palmer SD (2000) Making Light Work - an Overview of the Lighting Designer's role in Contemporary British theatre. Proceedings: Theatre: Espace Sonore, Espace Visuel, Annual Conference of the International Federation for Theatre Research, Lyon 18-22 September 2000 Theatre: Espace Sonore, Espace Visuel, Annual Conference of the International Federation for Theatre Research, Lyon 18-22 September 2000.

  • Popat S; Palmer S Projecting Performance - Practical Workshop. Theatre and Performance Research Association Proceedings: No

  • Popat S; Bailey H; Palmer S; Buckingham Shum S; Turner M Digital Interfaces in Dance Performance Environments (panel). Digital Resources in the Humanities and Arts Proceedings: Yes

  • Popat S; Palmer S Projecting Performance: Embodied Technologies for Operator and Performer. Performance Studies international #13

Conference presentations

  • Palmer S (2015) Ghost Peloton – A choreography of light. IFTR Scenography Working Group

  • Palmer S (2012) The experience of light and the transformation of space. Contemporary Research in scenography symposium

  • Palmer S; Wilson LA (2012) Walk and You Will Find: Mapping and Performing (in) Rural Landscape. PSi #18 Performance :: Culture :: Industry

  • Palmer S; Popat SH (2009) Projecting Presence in mixed-reality performance. Performing Presence

  • Palmer S (2009) Dreams and Visions : Researching with Light. OISTAT Education/Theory Commission

  • Palmer S; Popat SH (2008) Projecting Performance at CYNETart08 Post Me_New ID Forum.

  • Popat SH; Palmer S (2008) DUET for EYES II: Moving with the Sprites Presentation Performance with SMARTLAB. ALT-C 2008: Rethinking the digital divide

  • Popat SH; Palmer SD (2008) Dancing Robots and Digitised Spaces. DigArt Symposium Proceedings: DigArt Symposium 2008 Aalborg University, Esjberg.

  • Palmer SD; Popat SH (2007) Playing with Light - Interactive projection and the performer/operator. Proceedings: Prague Quadrennial 2007 Prague Quadrennial 2007.

  • McKinney JE; Palmer SD (2005) Teaching Scenography in a Research Environment. OISTAT International Symposium on Design for Performance and Interdisciplinarity in Theatre Education. London & Nottingham Trent Universities 29/11- 4/12 2005.

  • Palmer SD (2004) "Just Make It Magical", Lighting Design, Pedagogy and Practice. Proceedings: The Next Stage - the 1st ACTD Conference, Nottingham Trent University, Sep 8-9th 2004 The Next Stage - the 1st ACTD Conference, Nottingham Trent University, Sep 8-9th 2004.

Performances

  • Palmer SD; Shearing D just before dawn. Performance 11//2/11/0

  • Palmer S; Shearing D Dream/Play. 10//2/28/0

  • Palmer SD; Beswick K All About Eve. Performance 11//2/07/1

  • Palmer SD; Shearing D Into the Dark. Performance 12//2/05/1

  • Palmer S; Shearing D The Dreaming. 15//2/28/0

  • Palmer SD Blood Wedding. 13//2/11/1

  • Palmer SD Ghost Peloton. Live performance 14//2/16/0

  • Palmer S Pandora's Box. 09//2/18/0

  • Palmer S; Popat S A Midsummer Night's Dream. 07//2/15/0

  • Palmer S; Popat S The Shakespeare Project. 08//2/07/0

  • Palmer SD Eurodans. 02//2/01/1

  • Popat SH; Palmer SD Dancing in the Streets (Installation). DVD 05//2/11/0

  • McKechnie K; Palmer S A Light in the Rhubarb Shed. 08//2/10/1

Others

  • Shedroff N; Palmer S; Popat S (2009) Dancing in the Streets (Case Study). Experience Design 1.1 – a manifesto for the design of user experiences. Experience Design Books. Experience Design 1.1 – a manifesto for the design of user experiences: 294-295.

  • Popat SH; Palmer SD AHRC Grant - Projecting Performance: dialogues between performer-dancer and performer-operator.

Artefacts

  • Palmer SD (2002) PQ2003 UK National Design Schools Exhibit Video Film. Video: VHS master held by Society of British Theatre Designers.

Research Projects & Grants

2006-08 Co-I AHRC-funded Projecting Performance project with Sita Popat and KMA Creative Technology

2007-08 Co-I AHRC/EPSRC funded Emergent Objects – designing the technological interface through performance research. This project was part of the Designing for the 21st Century initiative

2013 to present – Staging China, an international practice-led research network

Research Centres & Groups

Performance Technologies

Audience Experience and Engagement

Place and Performance

External Appointments

Executive member (Education) of Association of Lighting Designers (ALD)

Co-convenor International Federation for Theatre Research Scenography Working Group

External Examiner: Central School of Speech & Drama, University of Huddersfield

Consultant : National Council for Vocational Qualifications

Consultant/ Principal Examiner Edexcel, RSA & OCR Examination Boards (1994-2007)

External Examiner 2002-2007 Manchester University, Arden School of Theatre, Rose Bruford College

CLORE Leadership Forum, ‘Managing Capital Projects’

Specialist reviewer for a range of academic publishers

Programming Panel member/Peer reviewer and Panel Chair, DRHA conference; New Communities of Knowledge and Practice, University of Cambridge, September 2008

Programming Panel member/Peer reviewer DRHA conference; Dynamic Networks of Knowledge and Practice: Contexts, Crises, Futures, University of Ulster – September 2009

Programming Panel member/Peer reviewer DRHA conference; Sensual Technologies: Collaborative Practice of Interdisciplinarity, Brunel University– September 2010

Peer Reviewer PSi#18 conference Performance :: Culture :: Industry – University of Leeds, June 2012

Peer Reviewer for IFTR/FIRT Scenography Working Group

PhD & Postdoctoral Supervision

Completed

Dr. Rachel Hann  –  3D Visualisation for utopian theatre spaces

David Shearing – Audience immersion and the experience of scenography

Currently supervising

Katherine Graham – Towards an Architectural Scenography of Light

Alison Andrews – Know your Place: Interrogating site specific performance as a transformative exchange between artists and audiences.

 

 

Professional Practice

The Dreaming – a one-on-one experience, stage@leeds, April 2015 

Ghost Peloton (NVA & Phoenix Dance Theatre) Waides Yard, Leeds, May 2014

Blood Wedding –  stage@leeds, December 2013

Into the Dark –  stage@leeds, December 2012

All About Eve –  stage@leeds, December 2011

Just Before Dawn –  stage@leeds, May 2011

Dream/Play stage@leeds, April 2010

Pandora’s Box, stage@leeds, March 2009

A Light in the Rhubarb Shed, (with McKechnie, K. and Opera North) Light Night, Leeds October 2008

The Shakespeare Project (with Popat, S. & KMA Creative Technology Ltd.), stage@leeds May 2008

A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with Popat, S & KMA Creative Technology Ltd.) Bretton Hall, March 2007

Eurodans. (with Popat, S, Butterworth, J), Project Arts Centre, Dublin, October, 2002Installation

Installation
Dancing in the Streets York, March 2005, Rome 2006, commissioned by York City Council as part of its urban regeneration initiative (in collaboration with KMA and Popat, S.) Featured in Shedroff, N. (2009)

Experience Design 1.1:a manifesto for the design of experiences pp.294-5 Experience Design Books ISBN 978-0-9822339-0-0

Links

Projecting Performance

Digital Dancing Partners – collaborative projects between performance & technology, academy & industry

50 Years of Lighting Design ALD seminar at PLASA 2012

 

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