Re-envisioning Exhibition Design
Friday, September 25, 2015 – Arup office, New York City
Patricia Austin, PhD Supervisor & Research Leader at Central St. Martins, University of the Arts, London
Clare Brown, Assistant Professor at Corcoran at GW University, Washington D.C.
Américo Castilla, President and Founder of Fundacion TyPA - Teoria y Practica de las Artes, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Tim McNeil, Professor at University of California, Davis
Academic and professional representatives from the design/exhibition/museum field.
The purpose of this planning forum was two-fold: (1) discuss the next re-XD summit in Buenos Aires, September 2016, (2) brainstorm future re-XD summits, locations and themes.
Use of civic space: the interactions with and in space; the narrative of space; the sensory and emotive qualities of space; the politics of space; the connections of space with other media such as graphics, film, mobile and fixed digital interactives. The goals are to explore museum and exhibition design from a trans-disciplinary perspective and highlight the opportunities that emerge from a practice that unites visual communication, architecture, landscape and film.
The discussion also focused on two main questions:
1) What is critical exhibition design?
2) Design is often regarded as a technical process and indeed it involves technical skills but what is overlooked is the designer’s ability to interpret concepts into form. This is an act of creativity that deserves more attention and credit. How do we describe and communicate creativity in exhibition design?
Francesca Birks, Associate for Foresight, Research and Innovation at Arup, New York City
David Harvey, SVP of Exhibition, American Museum of Natural History, New York City
Pamela Parker, Designer specializing in environmental graphics for exhibitions and visitor experiences, New York City
Natacha Poggio, Assistant Professor at Lamar University, Texas
Raj Patel, Principal for Acoustics and Audio Visual at Arup, New York City
John Ryan, Director of Interaction Design at Local Projects, New York City
Teil Silverstein, Consultant for planning, programming, fundraising, and management for the arts, Boston
Manon Slome, President and chief curator of No Longer Empty, New York City
Josh Treuhaft, Design Strategist for Foresight, Research and Innovation at Arup, New York City
James Volkert, Principal of Exhibition Associates,
Michele Washington, Designer, Educator and Strategist, New York City
Photos from this event