constructivism

Definitions

Media Studies

  • noun the theory that a person’s perception of reality is dependent on the language that is used to construct and interpret that reality

Theater

  • The use of abstract multilevel settings for a drama. The termwas taken from the visual arts, having been first applied to abstractsculpture in about 1912. In the theater constructivism was developedbetween 1922 and 1925 by the Soviet actor and director Vsevolod Meyerholdat the Moscow Art Theatre. He removed the front curtain andreplaced naturalistic sets with a practical "machine for acting"consisting of platforms, ramps, and rotating wheels. A typical examplewas his 1922 production of Molière's Le Cocu imaginaire,which features a constructivist machine-age setting by the designerLyubov Popova.
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