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WSD2022: so this is the last apple pie
11.21 - 08.22
researcher | designer | collaborator
Queensland University of Technology (AUS) - Griffith University (AUS) - York University (CAN)

As part of an overarching practice-led research project, two seed design concepts were developed for exhibition at World Stage Design 2022. The design process of these concepts  were framed by an ecoscenographic methodology (coined by Tanja Beer), as well as a central research question:

"How can non-human entities be included in an ecoscenographic design process as collaborators with their own agency, shifting the scenographer’s role from designer to facilitator and curator?"​

Design Visualisation: Josephine Reid (2022)

Apple, sagittal view, MRI : Alexandr Khrapichev (n.d.)

In response to this research, both designs reconsider the relationship between the human and non-human in performance-making. By placing the non-human in the position of performer and artist, the scenographer becomes a liaison between the non-human performer and the human audience member.

i | the outcome

With Haeweon Yi’s play ‘So This Is The Last Apple Pie’ acting as stimulus, this seed concept positions the apple as both performer and designer. By taking Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) of the apple’s body and layering the images together as a time-lapse, the audience is granted a window into the fruit’s inner structure and form through non-destructive and sympathetic means. Purely through the virtue of the individual apple’s own design, the shifting and dynamic patterns can be compared to a choreographed dance. This is then displayed as projected vision content on various surfaces in public spaces, encouraging members of the public to become an audience to the familiar apple from a new perspective.

ii | the ecoscenographic framework


As defined by Tanja Beer, an ecoscenographic design process is marked by three cycles inspired by functioning ecosystems; co-creation, celebration, and circulation.


While the apple itself is a key collaborator, the vision content is generated by researchers and scientists conducting medical imaging of fruit for the purpose of disease prevention and conservation. As such, the piece becomes a collaboration between multiple parties: the apple, the conservationist, the scenographer and the audience.



Projected in public spaces, the beautiful and dynamic designs of the apple are made visible, when normally they would remain inaccessible except through destructive means such as cutting and exposing to oxidisation. 



This concept sits in circulation with ecological and agricultural researchers by recycling the digital vision content produced as part of these projects, utilising it to a fuller degree in consideration of the energy expenditure involved in initial generation.

Key Skills/Mediums:​

  • Practice-led Research

  • Interdisciplinary Practice

  • Design Visualisation (Adobe Photoshop)

  • Animation and Video Editing (Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere)

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