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 09 - Exhibition logistics & completing projects

Class Activities

Guest Speaker - Prof. Lyndal Jones


Lyndal Jones has thirty years experience as an artist working across a range of media and disciplines at the national and international level including representing Australia in international exhibitions on nine occasions.

Her international and national contribution as an artist has been recognised with the two most prestigious awards offered to artists in Australia; a “Keating” Fellowship (1993-96), and an invitation to represent Australia at the most important exhibition on the international arts calendar, the Venice Biennale in 2001.

She is also an educator of artists, writers, new media practitioners and performers and has taught full-time in tertiary institutions for fifteen years. In addition, while working as a free-lance artist for a further fifteen years she continued to engage with students as mentor, artist-in-residence, external examiner or as a guest lecturer in arts institutions across Australia and internationally.

Lyndal is Professor of Contemporary Art at RMIT University in the School of Media & Communication. Her current role is one of leadership in her profession, as both artist-researcher and educator.

The Avoca Project: http://www.avocaproject.org/

Sydney Biennale 2012 Artist Interview Series - Lyndal Jones: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcOvy2vUldY

I'd also like to show you a project I did with her as part of my PhD.

I was fortunate enough to be able to create an online archive and document a significant performance series by Lyndal from the late 1970s/early 1980s titled the At Home series.

Here is the link, but it will need a login to see all the content so I will demonstrate the archive in class:

At Home Archive: http://athome.blackaeonium.net

Elements to note are the Provenance description, Series descriptions and the Inventory which shows a great deal of detail about each image. This digital archive and the physical artefacts are an important collection representing a significant Australian feminist artist and her work. There are over 900 items in the archive, and as you can see a considerable amount of work was put into it from the scanning of the images to the inventory documentation.

Questions and ideas to consider for today's guest speaker:

Look at how artists deal with exhibition development focusing on the logistics of complex and experimental exhibitions and the ethics that may be involved.

Think about how the exhibitions are created - how much planning, administration and direction is involved? what are the ethical issues and what permissions might be required?

Where are the exhibitions situated? what issues of working in public space might be important?

Who are the participants in these exhibitions? What is their role? What is the artist's role in a large-scale installed/performed artwork?

Do you have complex and variable work that requires particular considerations for exhibition?

Are there different contexts for exhibiting your work? 

*Make a blog post about this guest speaker


3DVAS - the virtual exhibition space - final day for this project

Today we will try to finalise the VAS exhibitions and come up with a promotional flyer/invitation that can be used in electronic or printed format to get people to engage with the virtual exhibitions. You can create the flyer as an image in Photoshop, then save a JPG version that you can all use to promote your exhibitions via your blogs, email etc.

In considering the promotion of your exhibition, you can use social media, create a post on your blog, and if you can think of any other options, we can do those too. It would be great to have a flyer (can be A4) that we can pin up in the Gallery on Level 17, and if you want to place it anywhere else, we can do that too.

On the flyer you should include the following information:

  • your exhibition name
  • artist names
  • URL for the 3DVAS website
  • a QR code so people with mobile devices can scan it and go straight to the website - the only problem with this is that some devices such as apple may not show the content
  • don't forget to have an image/images from the exhibition too.

Details for the 3DVAS website account

The account that you will all use for this projectis here:

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

username: CX4

password: exc2013


Completing the Content Management Project

This task is due TODAY. You will need to have all of your sections in one Word doc that you can convert to PDF (see references at the bottom of the page for links to free PDF converters if you don't have one installed).

I will designate a folder on the shared drive for your files, or if the file is not too big, you can email it to me.


Blogs - progress & review

I have reviewed and made some comments on your blog sites. As I stated last class, some of you need to get moving with these. If you make two or three posts each week in class from now on, you should have enough content by the end of semester. You can document development of your work, exhibitions you have been to see, and anything you find online that interests you regarding contemporary art. You don't need to write an essay for each post. Some may be very brief with images uploaded, others might be more journal-style. don't be precious, just keep adding content.


New Assessment Tasks starting next week: Unit CULMS008B Conceive, develop & realise exhibition designs

Discuss these tasks and start thinking about how you might contribute to these group projects:

Assessment Task 4 - Graduate Show Invitation Design

Assessment Task 5 - Ghost Signs Online Exhibition Curation & Design



Celeste Hawkins' selection today is an excerpt from Jim Jarmusch's film Coffee & Cigarettes. It shows Steven Wright and Roberto Benigni in a sketch titled "Strange to Meet You". If you get the chance to find a DVD somewhere, the whole film is great.

While watching this, consider the use of black & white film & the way it is shot. Do you think there is any script for this, or is it improvised?

*Make a blog post about this video.


Reminder: next week Alisha will present a video of her choice


Homework / Readings

Work on your blogs - I want to see lots more content on the blog from everyone - especially your own work!!




Lyndal Jones

The Avoca Project: http://www.avocaproject.org/

Sydney Biennale 2012 Artist Interview Series - Lyndal Jones: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lcOvy2vUldY

At Home Archive: http://athome.blackaeonium.net