In reading the supplemental articles that were provided by Brenda Cowen, our guest speaker today, I learned a lot about the different ways that narratives and story forms can be exhibited in different ways, to create different connections with different audiences. I fell in love with the idea of Wilson’s, “Mining the Museum” and how he mocked the museum while using the museology as a medium to undertake social justice issues of institutionalized racism.
Of course, all the time while reading for this course I try to draw connections to our project, Guatemala Despues. The setting of his exhibit taking place in a museum, while critiquing museums was critical. Similarly, I think our location is critical too.
It was noted of Wilson’s exhibit that he, “has formidable narrative skills and a talent for fashioning installations that pack a punch more powerful than the individual components”. This was a technique that made was crucial for his overarching goal of the exhibit, but seems to be the opposite of ours. This made me consider how we will tell our story, how can we guarantee that certain projects voices aren’t heard more than others. This is where the O’Neill reading was particularly helpful, especially his idea of “The Exhibition as Form”, which focuses specifically with group exhibitions, like ours.
This is where he introduces the idea of the exhibition space as always being a narrative space and the exhibition as a spatial medium for thought and experimentation. He further categorized these spaces as being either background, foreground, and middle ground. The background is is the structure/architecture of the space, this area is easier to figure out for us, I think. It becomes more difficult when deciding what will be our middle ground-where the audience partially interacts and the foreground- where there is more direct interaction between the viewer and the art. How we differentiate between our foreground and middle ground elements will be more difficult, and this is where the curatorial process and role of the curator as a storyteller becomes most apparent to me.