Interview with designer Johanna Mårtensson (JM), regarding views on design, and for the award-winning design Crossing The Line Theatre Design.

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Interview with Johanna Mårtensson at Friday 1st of March 2013: DI: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?
JM : By placing the audience around a circleshaped table, like the court of Europe, I wanted to create a room where the audience involves, interacts and reflects about their own part in a course of events.

DI: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?
JM : To involve the audience and make them consider

DI: What are your future plans for this award winning design?
JM : We would love to tour this play, since the set design is very handy to transport.

DI: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?
JM : I worked on the design over a period of six month, allthough not all the time, I had other commisions aswell.

DI: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?
JM : It was commisioned for this play by Teater Komet.

DI: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?
JM : This design belongs to this particular play.

DI: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?
JM : No, but I looked a lot at conference rooms and the room for the court of Europe.

DI: Who is the target customer for his design?
JM : A theatre audience.

DI: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?
JM : The name was given by the author Ninna Tessman.

DI: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?
JM : I built a model out of cardboard. The final set was built of metal legs and wood.

DI: What is the most unique aspect of your design?
JM : The way the audience naturally becomes a part of the action, acting both witnesses and court.

DI: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?
JM : I collaborated with director, writer, actress and lighting designer.

DI: What is the role of technology in this particular design?
JM : Technicaly this was a simple set design to build.

DI: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?
JM : No.

DI: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?
JM : It is as always a challenge to find the right idéa for a particular play.

DI: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?
JM : I would like to take part in an international arena, Sweden is a lovely but small country for Theatre Design.

DI: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?
JM : When I do a set design I start visualising the idéa through building a scale model, on every work I do I learn something new about the very interesting border between idéa and the realization of the idéa. I also learnt a lot intelectually on this project, since I collaborated with highly intelectual people.

DI: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?
JM : (Many of those questions refer to a design product. Theatre design don´t fit in to some of those questions. )