Locating Media: On spatial Associations Between Digital Media and Exhibition Space

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  • Locating Media 1

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  • Locating Media: On spatial Associations Between Digital Media and Exhibition Space

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  • This paper addresses the ways in which meaning and experience of mediated narratives translates to exhibition space by focusing on the direct application of curatorial design to the co-production of artworks and exhibition strategies involved in the curatorial project, ‘Remote’ (Plimsoll Gallery, University of Tasmania, Hobart 2006).

    Discussion will centre upon:
    How the character of distributable media was translated through spatial practice resulting in the exhibitions distinctive scenography;

    1.  How a convergence of concepts related to site-specificity and distributed aesthetics influenced the resulting exhibition and its inte rpretation of contemporary networked culture; and
    2.  How curatorial design was applied towards the exhibitions realization by illustratively focussing on a detailed description of the strategies employed in co-developing ‘Littoral Map “ Tasmania’, a locative media artwork by British artist Pete Gomes.

    The realization of this specific mixed media artwork involved an exploration of distributed spatial practice. Conceived to examine real and imagined locations, Littoral Maps hyper-linking and cross-referencing between separate but connected locales contributes to transforming the general experience of the overall exhibition.

    This investigation is drawn from an overarching project, which focuses upon virtuality and the art of exhibition. This larger project involves practice-based research methodology combined with reflective and speculative critical theorization of institutional practices. Representative of the interdisciplinary nature of this research, this paper will offer a theoretical perspective of how the exhibition, as a form in and of itself, mediates the social interaction and interpretative experience of network-based artworks in a site-specific exhibition setting. Illustratively by drawing upon this practical application, the resulting installation will illustrate both critical and constructive design thinking.

    Forming an integral part of this cases exposition, the presentation of the paper will draw upon extensive supporting documentation of the exhibition, including developmental design and visual records of the installation, In addition, a full resource of the project is available online through the dedicated exhibition website.

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