Abby and Alice
Abby and Alice are Set Designers and Experience Designers. Our work is multi-disciplinary, site specific and interactive. When we're not building in the studio we're learning Unity video game software and planning how to weave them together.
We make environments that people can be in, that have stories, and that rely on audiences being active and having agency. We collaborate with a wide range of companies and individuals to achieve this creative work, from cheese makers to sound designers.
Never Set Eyes on the Land
An experiential installation with Nutkhut: telling the story of the 1947 Partition of India. Audiences were invited with a cup of chai through the door of a shipping container into a 1940’s middle-class, Indian kitchen: left as if in a hurry.
The story was communicated through space and conversation: documents printed into chapatti, timelines woven into suitcases, oral histories playing through radios and animated maps projected onto water.
It was a work of discovery for us: we learned about Partition through the project, just as many of our audiences. It is sad that our curriculum left such a hole in our history; we must recognise what our country stood and stands for, and learn from what came before.
Our research led us through the National Archives; 1930’s/40’s Bollywood; Train to Pakistan (Khushwant Singh); Margaret Bourke-White and much food before we landed where we did. We presented our trail of research to discover: this space was for audiences to engage with as they saw fit.