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For over 50 years until recently, counterweight rigging was used by theatres to change stage scenery during a performance. Its development was driven by what artists wanted to create on the stage, and in turn it shaped what was possible. In the 21st century, fully automated stage machinery is becoming the system of choice. It risks, however, locking theatres into a single mode of use for generations to come: technology in the service of art or art constrained by technology?
Featuring a diagram of the original Austro-Hungarian rigging system from 1888, this book cover uses simple angles to underline the hidden story behind the title: 'Nobody Looks Up.'