SCSA Study Centre Scenic Arts
The Study Centre for Scenic Arts (SCSA) is a not-for-profit cultural association with the aim of creating a pan-European ‘open laboratory’ to promote the collective skills of scenographers and other design professionals, which will provide a platform for the spread of knowledge and creative drive through a constructive effort to strengthen the relationship between technology and professionals and emerging talent.
Our primary aim is to bolster the collective activities, schemes and initiatives that have vocational training as their prime objective, that lead to the enrichment of an all-round technical and creative knowledge for practitioners of their craft within the entertainment community. The Centre’s syllabus is designed to further develop the career prospects of young architects, scenographers, lighting and sound designers and artists; stimulate the exchange of know-how and the circulation of ideas and projects at a European level, and develop opportunities, integration and cooperation among design professionals working in European Member States.
Technology and research
The Study Centre Scenic Arts will also set its sights on the professional world, offering refresher courses for production designers, architects, set decorators and costume designers, through initiatives set up with sector experts and firms specializing in technology for the entertainment industry.
Technological innovations and computerized systems now provide practitioners of the visual arts with new opportunities to express themselves through the use of cutting-edge tools and advanced techniques, creating new stimuli while offering fresh possibilities for visual representation. Behind the use of these technologies, however, lies the inventiveness and sensibility of the artist, who employs these new instruments as a means to transmit his or her creative vision, regenerated by the use of computer-aided tools. On the other hand, art is also defined as “that certain something” that excites an emotional response, whether that sentiment be a positive or negative reaction, whether created by traditional or innovative means. The nature, versatility and maturity of contemporary digital devices has naturally found one of its primary applications in the realization of visual effects for film production and, though at times one perceives an excessive and unjustified abuse of these methods, it is important to consider just how much we have become used to noticing countless details in the reality that surrounds us, comparing it with film fiction while refining our visual tastes. This thirst for “visual perfection” has generated the need for the birth of new structures and professions, whole industries of the moving image, adequately regulated, professional, brimming with talent and technical expertise. A no less important chapter is reserved for research applied to multimedia and computerized technologies. New technology also means that science plays an integral part in the field of art. It is no longer thinkable, for example, for an expert familiar with computerized systems to not have a basic idea on the usage, manipulation and quality of images and interfaces, just as an art expert cannot ignore the educational aspects of a mathematical or scientific nature when navigating the intriguing pathways of interactive tools. Technicians, artists and the commercial sector all share an increasing need of each other, and in particular for a continual, boundless bringing up to date through which every new, unanticipated result or creation is made possible. The same, identical situation exists in the theatrical world, for example. The traditional stage production often sees professionals and practitioners working on the same show and to the same end yet it is almost as if each were isolated from the rest, each convinced of being the indispensable agent, whether they be the actor, the director, the stage designer, the musician or the stage technician. Interactivity therefore seems to be a guiding concept particularly in the field of training where courses in specialization and research centres represent the missing link between the academic world and that of profession and production. Specialization and research that demonstrate results in clear, rhythmic measure, meant for widespread adoption and – why not indeed – aimed at the marketplace. The SCSA will also develop a research and information-gathering facility, compiling data originating from the field of further education (public) and from the technology domain (private), and from areas of experimentation and the professional world as a whole, making public the results, developments and production with regular frequency and by adequate means (for example, a collaboration with theatrical institutions and with coordinated e-learning methods).
Historiography: from analysis to documentation