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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 10 - Grad Show & Ghost Signs - curatorial development

Class Activities

Examine selection processes for curating an exhibition. what ethical issues may arise from dealing with a range of content and material types? social, ethnic, legal, ownership, privacy etc.


3DVAS - the virtual exhibition space - presentation

Today we will take a look at the VAS exhibitions and finalise any promotional flyer/invitations that are not complete.

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 the flyers (can be A4) that we can pin up in the Gallery on Level 17, and if you want to place them 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 project is here:

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

username: CX4

password: exc2013



Guest Speaker - Dr Stefan Schutt - Ghost Signs


Stefan will talk about the Lewis & Skinner Archive & provide some useful starting points and insights into the archive and how you might go about beginning your curatorial investigations.


New Assessment Tasks starting today: 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



Graduate Show Invitation & Title Design

Take a look at some previous exhibition invitations we were able to dig up:




Mapped Out




Has anyone got any other invitations that might be good for generating ideas?

Do some general brainstorming with the whole group, then break into smaller groups to do some research & come up with ideas:

in pairs - research some invitation designs that interest you;

join pairs into groups of four to brainstorm the results;

come back to the class group with a range of loose concepts that might be further developed into more solid ideas.

Not quiet apropos, but I found this for the first year students that are doing a personal artist's manifesto for Cultural Studies: a book titled 100 Artists' Manifestos: From the Futurists to the Stuckists (Penguin Modern Classics), edited by Alex Danchev, 2011. It doesn't have many pictures, but the text is really interesting and you can dip into it at any point. You can get an eBook version on Kindle from Amazon for only $10:


If anyone wants to have a look at it, I have it on my iPad which I will bring to class. It might be a good starting point for ideas generation.



Alisha Ryan's selection today - Salt Art (Bashir Sultani)


Dark Knight Rises: http://youtu.be/_41LNIcaL2Q

Lion King: http://youtu.be/Nkijp3naJGs

The Joker: http://youtu.be/y5bh80dIH4U


What are your impressions of this impermanent artwork? is the artwork the salt, the video of the process, the final image, all of the above? Discuss.

*Make a blog post about these videos.

Reminder: next week Nick will present a video of his choice


Homework / Readings

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

Godwin Bradbeer exhibition - it closes this Saturday, so if you haven't already seen it, please do. Godwin will be speaking here on Tuesday May 28th, so it would be good to see his work "in the flesh" before then:

Godwin Bradbeer exhibition Pentimenti at James Makin Gallery in Collingwood.

Details: closes May 11
67 Cambridge Street, Collingwood
To see a map of the area, go to the gallery website here:


If you're going on public transport, the best way from the city is to take the No. 86 Tram from Burke St and get off at the corner of Gertrude St/Smith St and walk a couple of small blocks to Cambridge St.


Don’t forget to make some notes or take some photos you can use when you post your review of this to your blogs!



Some curating related links