The puppet: Space and animation
June 23rd and 24th 2023
Performances at 17h and 19h
Sandra Nikač, Doctoral Dissertation Artwork
Mentor: Dr Radivoje Dinulović
Doctoral Academic Studies of Scene Design
Chair of Applied Arts in Architecture and Design
Department of Architecture and Urban Planning
Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Novi Sad
Bringing a puppet to life refers to the practice of puppeteering – animating the puppet in a theatre context – onstage, in front of an audience. This is when an inanimate object is (temporarily) perceived as being alive.
This project examines the heart through its biological and physiological characteristics, as well as a metaphor for a (broken, fragile, healed) emotional center of a human being.
The interconnecting points between (literal and symbolic) bringing a puppet and a heart to life represent the poetic basis of the doctoral artwork (connection, touch, rhythm, breath, etc).
The (reanimation of the) heart is researched through both the visual and the performative potential of four aspects of puppet theatre: marionette, robot, shadow, and the body. The final format of the doctoral artwork has four segments which are treated as an exhibition/spatial installation. A one-woman puppet show by the author is an integral part of the artwork.
Puppet makers: Darko Ivanović, Sandra Nikač
Robot construction: Bojan Kostić
Video editing: Milica Kačar
Assistents: Ana Pinter and Milica Kačar
She worked as a puppet, set and costume designer in theatres in Serbia and abroad (Little Theatre Duško Radović, Puppet Theatre Pinokio, Juozo Miltinio Dramos Teatras, opera of the Serbian National Theatre, PULSE Theatre Lazarevac, Threepenny Company).
She’s also active in the field of drawing. Her works were exhibited in several group exhibitions (special mention at International Biennial of Miniature Art in Gornji Milanovac, finalist of OSTEN Biennial of Drawing, Skopje). First solo exhibition was held in December 2022, in Small Gallery ULUPUDS.
She collaborates with magazines Scena and Threads.