Within the framework of The Architecture of Staged Realities, Het Nieuwe Instituut and curator Saskia van Stein have invited various designers, artists, scientists and other authors to reflect on the current significance of Walt Disney's legacy, drawing on their own (embodied) knowledge or (lived) experience.
Growing Up a Disney Girl
Architectural historian Lara Schrijver was invited to reflect and write about the contemporary resonance of Disney's cultural production. Schrijver examines how Disney's utopian ideas and ideologies produce a particular narrative and how the emancipation of the female protagonist is reflected in architectural encenances.
"Main Street" and the Architecture of Illusion
Architecture researcher and historian Léa-Catherine Szacka explores aspects of the architecture of staged realities, looking specifically at the Main Street as a case study, and reflecting on ideas of placemaking and performativity built on façades.