chapter  11
Scenography Beyond Theatre
Designing POLIN, the Museum of the History of Polish Jews
ByArnaud Dechelle
Pages 10

It is important to remember that even if architectural and urban environments may never again reach the same level of artistic symbiosis and expression that they arguably attained in different periods and cultures in the past, they will always offer a dimension that time-based theatre cannot provide. Visitors to a three-dimensional outdoor or indoor space may still be provided with a general narrative to follow should they wish to, but ultimately they can choose their own path and pace of visit. This fundamental difference is why scenography outside of theatres can offer new forms of expression in what is now described as "narrative environments", not only in immersive forms of theatre and exhibitions in museums, but also in commercial venues and themed attractions. All of these environments may continue to look to architecture and other artistic disciplines as models as they devise ever more complex, fluid, and participative forms of narrative immersion.