Collection: EXHIBITION REVIEW

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E x h i b i t i o n  R e v i e w  ( p a r t  I I I )

 

Today I started to write my exhibition review. 
I started with a brainstorm, using all the notes and pictures I too at the muneum. 
I came up with words like:
Texte, signs, univeral language, colors, attention, objects, material ideas, immaterials, everyday's life ojects transformed and given a new and different meaning, Marcel Duchamp Realymade Rectifié, indentity, union, multiplicity, plural, crowd, object, manipulation, Hausman, architecture of control, politics, sick, heel, Joseph Beuys, staged...

Then, I made a list of what was expected from us in the review and I tryed to see in what category my ideas could go. Ater that I made a plan. I decided to devide my review in parts:
An introduction, where I tryed to put a contexte (the place where it was exhibited), the athmosphere (to give a quick idea to the reader of the feeling of the exhibiton) and little prase to try to catch the reader's attention.
Then I started with the curration so that the reader can have the setting in his mind right at the begining.
After that I tryed to talk in a pretty general way about the artist's process and intentions (I'm afraid it is a little bit to short but I didn't realy know how to talk about it in a better way because there was so many artistes and they were so different that I didn't know how to make it fit in 5000 words).
Then I wrote about the audience's experience and in this exhibition it is a crutial element.
And I ended with a breif concusion. 

When all thoses parts were writtend I tried to find titles for each block.
Inorder to do that I got inspiration from other magazines but my favefourite one is from far Citizen K.
Since my review was about politicaly active artists I oriented my titles on war vocabulary to illustrate that it was a war.
I realy wanted to put some of these words:
Heroes, Enlist, Power, Counterpower, Fight...
Im plus I thought that it could be something that connoted energy, dynamism and intencity , so that could be a good thing that would encourage the reader to read the review. 

I waned to present my review like if it was from a magazine. I like editing textes a lot so I did it for my own contentment. 
Again I loked at magazines to get some inspiration. I decided to go for someting simple as I know that it needed to be visualy efficient and very easy to read.
The last thing I needed was an illustration for this texte, `i decided to use a picture and to trore it in the center inorder that we could see the forloing page page.

I thought that it was coherent with the war vocabulary and the athmosphere of the exhibition, someting that implied movement, gesture, a little bit of violence (cutting and taring connote that).

I will still have to correct the spelling mistakes, and I will to it tomorow. 

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L i b r a r y  and e x h i b i t i o n    r e v i e w  
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Today I went to CSM's library to research politicaly active art.
Desobedient Object is an exhibition multicultural, there are voices from China, Mexico, Arabie...
So the range of resarch was wide.
I looked at a certain amount of books but the ones that interested me the most were the posters of propaganda during different revolutions but mainly USSR and China.
It is a very interesting meduium of communucation and it's facinating to try and analyze all the messages vehiculated in those posters.
There is a question that I asked myself while doing this reaserch:
Are propaganda posters art?
Because if we think about it, it also ask people questions, it uses colors, shapes, lights, copositions... to send a message, they are quite ethetic...
That made me remember the famous entreprise of Joseph Beuys : Get art out of the museums.
He even made a piece, a happening were he and a student collected all the litter after a protest and he exposed it in a museum.
Je took someting that was just litter and put it in a museum and it became art.
This piece questions marcks, traces, time, object...
But it hightlight the fact that in the exhibition Desobedient Objects the curation plays an important part. Maybe the curration itself is a piece of the exhibition?

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M u s e  u m   a n d   e x h i b i t i o n   r e v i e w   
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Today I went to the Victoria and Albert Museum in perspective of the Exhibition Review task. 

Before I chose were I wanted to go I did a few researches on the internet (official websites, forums, articles, pictures...) to check out what were the themes and the style of all the choices we had.

 Desobedient Objects (at the V&A) caught my attention beacause I thought that it must be interesting to see such a modern and untraditional exhibition in an instituation famous for it's conventionalisme. 
This contraste  attracted me.


In plus, during the last summer holidays I went to New York and I saw the exhibition of Ai Wei Wei at the Brookline Museum. I thought that going to an other political exhibition was a good way to deepen my knowleg within this subject.

I was very surprised by how the exhibition was aranged. I was expecting something more tidy but it was an (thoughfully aranged) chaos.
That fact made me quite enthousiaste and I knew right away that I wanted to do my exhibition review about this exhibition.

I navigated in the exhibition and tryed to think first with a genral view, a few words and ideas came to my ming and I wrote them down on my sketchbook:
-The imortance of the plurel
-The multiplicity
-"Uninon makes the strenght"
-Strong link woth spech and signes and symbols
-Colourful which catched the spectator's attention 

I thought about an exhibition I went to see last year in Paris calledThe surrealism and the objects and I thought that I could link that exhibition to Desobedient objects because they both use objects to anchor ideas (immaterial) in the reality throught objects (material).
For the surrealistes it was a major element because they ideas were "sur" "real" so they needed to find a way, a medium to conjuguate those two things and here I think that this technic also applies here because the artists tends to vehiculate quite abstract ideas like Utopia (a word which's meaning has never occured in real life, it's only an idea), so they need to find tangible elements to communicate in a more eloquant way theire messages.

 

Then I visited the exhibition a second time and this time I spent more time on every pieces. I didn't realy tried to annalyse every single object one by one because I beleive that there's a part of the exhibition that can only be understand when the spectator has anoverveiw of the exhibition. 
But this time I noticed other things:
-There were some pieces that requiered the spectator's action, the pieces were interactive. Maybe it was a way to make the public actif to (politicaly) throught theire contribution and trhought that join (in a metaphorical way) the action.
-The disposition made the public circulate in a very thourougly thought way: it is like in Paris Hausman created bouleveards so that the government could control the mouvements of the crowd durring protestes. Here there is also a manipulation of the movements of the public in the space of the exhibition.
-This exhibition, although it is based on union, plurel and mutiplicity, it also hightlights that it's in a first place individual acts that changes the situations as we can see t=with the number of pieces whitch shows only one indivudual, or that makes us listen to one voice...
 

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