Exhibition Concepts Homepage

Subject: EXC - Exhibition Concepts - 2013

Course: Diploma of Visual Art (21885VIC_13)

College of Arts, Victoria University

Teacher Name: Lisa Cianci | email: lisa.cianci@vu.edu.au
Course Coordinator & Education Manager: Alan Morgans | email: alan.morgans@vu.edu.au
College of Arts Office: City Flinders - Tel: 9919 1517

Class Website - http://lisacianci.vucreativeindustries.com/2013/EXC

Class 06 - What is Digital / Virtual curation?

Guest Speaker

Adam Nash - Mixed Reality Art - 2:30pm

Adam will give a talk today about Mixed Reality art & exhibitions that he has been involved with. Adam has created some very engaging works in Second Life, and is the founder of the Australian Centre of Virtual Art <http://www.acva.net.au> where projects such as Babelswarm <http://www.babelswarm.com/> and Autoscopia <http://portrait.gov.au/exhibit/doppelganger> (created for the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra and is part of the doppelgänger exhibition on Portrait Island in Second Life) were created.

See Adam's website for more projects and mixed reality works: http://yamanakanash.net/



Class Activities

Digital Curation


Look at how artists deal with exhibition development focusing on the logistics of complex and experimental exhibitions and the ethics that may be involved. Do you have complex and variable work that requires particular considerations for exhibition? Are there different contexts for exhibiting your work? 

What are the particular limitations and considerations of creating a virtual exhibition?

Explore curation practices with a focus on how technology can be used to curate many types of creative content presentations.

Introduction to Assessment Task 3 - Virtual Exhibition (Group Project) Organise yourselves into 3 groups for this assessment task. I have the capability to create 3 exhibitions in VAS (Virtual Art Space) with a maximum of 20 artworks per exhibition so you can form yourselves into groups that might be able to collaborate on a similar theme or concept.

Decide what your exhibition theme and content might be.

Look at last year's exhibitions:

Details for the Virtual Art Space website account

I have set up an account that everyone can use for this project. the details are as follows:

URL: http://www.3dvas.com/galleries/profile/artists/artistProfile.php?uid=6978

username: CX4

password: exc2013

Unfortunately the "Artist Profile" options are geared towards a single artist exhibition, but I have tried to bypass this by calling the account "Various Artists". If you want to come up with a collective name for this profile, you can change it as a group.

As yet no exhibitions have been set up. Once you have a title, you can create an exhibition and start working with the gallery space. You will need a thumbnail image to represent the entire exhibition, and you can write a short description of the exhibition too.

Explore the VAS website to see what content you can add/edit and the instructions for uploading images and video to the gallery.



Assessment Task 2 - Part 5 - Inventory / Catalogue Description

Document your artworks and support content in the manner of an art catalogue. Some of this content can then be used by students participating in your graduate exhibition. It will be a useful exercise for exhibition, funding/exhibition applications and as part of the archival documentation of your work. List the following information with a minimum of 1 image per piece:

  • Title of the work,
  • Medium/Media,
  • Size/Dimensions,
  • Installation instructions (if applicable - for complex works / if not described in the Series Description).

The Inventory will include finished works, but may also include preparatory works, documentations, plans, instructions and other support materials.

Document Formats and Layout

You can save your work as Word docs or OpenOffice files - whatever format will allow you to keep working on the assessment task.

See this sample Word Doc for an example of using image and text together:


Often a Word doc or similar is sufficient when putting together a text/image-based document, but the problem with Word is that when someone opens your document on their computer, the pagination may change, they may not have the font you used, and other formatting or layout elements may differ.

The most common way around this is to convert your doc file to a PDF (Portable Document Format) file. PDF is the current standard for documents, and although it has it's own deficiencies, it will ensure that your document is not editable, and has the layout/style that you intended as it saves the formatting is a way that is cross platform and generally always looks the same.

If you don't have Adobe Acrobat to convert your docs to PDF, there are many free PDF converters online - including a service on the Adobe website. They generally work by allowing you to submit a Word or Open Office doc (and some other types of document), and then they ask for your email address and email you the converted PDF file, or email you a link to download the PDF file.

I have generally found these to be pretty good at conversion. Occasionally you may have problems with image quality, but trial and error is recommended.

Some Online PDF converters:








Watch: Tracy Emin - Collected Shorts (1995 - 1998) - http://ubu.com/film/emin_shorts.html


Homework / Readings

Work on your Content Management project & keep adding content to your blogs - I want to see lots more content on the blog from everyone - especially your own work!!




Australian Centre of Virtual Art <http://www.acva.net.au>

Babelswarm <http://www.babelswarm.com/>

Autoscopia <http://portrait.gov.au/exhibit/doppelganger>

Adam Nash <http://yamanakanash.net>

VAS <http://www.3dvas.com/galleries/profile/artists/artistProfile.php?uid=6978>

PDF converters:





Also see Assessment Task 3 document for details of virtual art related sites