Re-envisioning exhibition design – planning meeting
Friday, August 25, 2017 – National Museum of American History, Washington D.C.
Patricia Austin, PhD Supervisor & Research Leader, Central St. Martins, University of the Arts, London
Clare Brown, Chief of Design, National Museum of American History, Washington D.C.
Tim McNeil, Professor & Design Museum Director, 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 Washington D.C. with a focus on serendipitous use, (2) brainstorm future re-XD summits, locations and themes.
The discussion opened with the topic of serendipitous use and how spaces, places and objects change beyond their intended purpose and for the better. The theme of the “unexpected” and “resiliency” - an important and ideal theme to explore in Washington D.C. rose to the surface for further consideration. A general consensus was that speakers should include NON-museum people: scientists, technologists, economists, ethicists, inventors, artists, community organizers, urban planners, teachers, children, performers, actors, and improv to learn from one another and truly embrace the unexpected.
The discussion focused on two main questions:
1) What does serendipity look like in exhibition and experiential design?
2) Can the design process of fast associative thinking, creative problem solving, spotting and building on unexpected challenges or opportunities, help museums to be more responsive and nimble in a rapidly changing world?
Rachel Abrams, ARUP
Andreas Albrecht, UC Davis, Cosmology
Tricia Austin, Central Saint Martins, Narrative Environments
Amelie Bahlsen, National Museum of American History
Clare Brown, National Museum of American History
Nigel Briggs, National Museum of American History
Michael Burns, Omnimuseum Project
Eric Christiansen, SI Exhibits
Naomi Crellin, Storycraft Creative
Jennifer Daniels, National Zoo
Jerry Eisterhold, Eisterhold Associates
Elaine Gurian, Museum Group
Jonathan Healey, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University
Jaya Kaveeshwar, National Museum of American History
Tim McNeil, UC Davis, Exhibition Design / Design Museum
Paul Orselli, Paul Orselli Workshop
Raj Patel, ARUP
Justin Plakas, GWU, Corcoran School of the Arts & Design
Clive Roux, Society for Experiential Graphic Design (SEGD)
Erica Wortham, GW University, Anthropology
Photos from this event