Welcome Collection Visit

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Welcome Collection- Medicine Man

Medicine Man

Inside the medicine Man I would like to describe my point of view of this exhibition, to start with, the interior design, it decorate all by the wooden material, the floor and the cupboard, when you first walk in the exhibition and the first thing you see is a wall of bottles, that have been place on the wooden made shelves, within the white light behind the bottles, that looks impressive, and well placing, also in the other side of the exhibition, they exhibit some interesting object that I never seem before, like the equipment of the old fashion surgery, it looks a bit terrifying, also some painting of a woman giving birth. In this exhibition, I was a bit shocked but very interested in the way of how the collector love these kind of weird and crazy objects that I never seen before, and I do feel like it is more accretive to me to see this them looking at some boring object in the national museum.


“Tibet’s Secret Temple”

To start with my point of view, when we first walk in to the exhibition, there was an introduction board that gives me some ideas of what are you going to see in the next few minutes. After that, you will be looking at the video about Tibet, there culture there religion, I was so into the video, it was so emotional and in the exhibition, they use two screen to show the same scene but in different angles, it was so powerful in the video, and it gives the audience a feeling of walking in to the other space, and I had completed lost in the way temporally.  After watching the film, there will be the distribution of all information that you need to know about Tibet’s temple, and of course, the colour on the wall they using the Tibet’s religion colour “ blue, yellow, red, white, green.” Inside they showing many different objects in the temple, also the yoga, also the video demonstration how they do it, moreover at the end of the exhibition, they end up with another video to show how people feel about Tibet’s culture, what you had learn about it. I like the way of this exhibition, it like how you started and how you will ended the exhibition.

For the Medicine Man, is more likely an exhibition that you see someone’s collection, there own interest, but in the Tibet’s Secret Temple, it a bit more like understanding the culture of the Tibet, and because the Tibet exhibition is a temporally exhibition and special addition exhibition, what I mean is you won’t see it very often, therefore, they do put a lot of effort in it, to makes more audience want to visit.


Welcome Collection Visit

The Language of Museum Space

Reading that the article from Bill Hillier and Kali Tzortzi’s “Space Syntax: The Language of Museum Space."

Screen Shot 2016-03-14 at 01.20.20In the article it tell us how to look at the basic idea of space syntax, and from the distribution of the image on top. To explain the concept, there is two simple layout, in the image (a), we start withe the grey space (0), and we have a choice of four spaces one space away- 1 deep and marked 1- then three space 2- deep, and two spaces 3-deep, and so marked 3. After that, we add them all together, this will give you the “total depth" of the grey space from all other spaces is 16. using the same methods to chocolate the image (b), and the total of the grey space is 30. The lower the total, the more integrate the space ; that is the fewer you have to pass through to go to all other spaces in the layout.  I found out this is an interesting method and easily to show the way how you defined the space, and you can design how the can people easily walk in to the museum.



Here is the British Museum floor plan, from the methods I had learn before, and apply on this map, and to start with, the starting point will be the “ Great Court” and spread it out each room that you can enter it next, from the image on the bottom, I had with down the number and add them together, and the total depth is 288, and to consider the size of the museum, I think it is quite easy to access these room.


Looking at the Room10, it was a room that I went in to visit,  deep is 3 from the great court, and from my own experience, although it was not very far away from it, but it is quite hard to find, so I think to create a floor plan not only you have to think to how easy to access but also the layout you of the fixed line to walk and the decoration, and the sign to lead people to the room they want to visit.





The Language of Museum Space

The British Museum Visit



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This week, we are visiting The British Gallery.

At first we are suppose to visit the Enlightenment area however it was closed at that time so we accidentally went to visit the “Assyria-Lion Hunts.”



Here is a short distribution about the Lion Hunts.

Assyria: Lion Hunts (Room 10a)
645 – 635 BC
In ancient Assyria, lion-hunting was considered the sport of kings, symbolic of the ruling monarch’s duty to protect and fight for his people. The sculpted reliefs in Room 10a illustrate the sporting exploits of the last great Assyrian king, Ashurbanipal (668-631 BC) and were created for his palace at Nineveh (in modern-day northern Iraq).
The hunt scenes, full of tension and realism, rank among the finest achievements of Assyrian Art. They depict the release of the lions, the ensuing chase and subsequent killing.
British Museum Website:                    (http://www.britishmuseum.org/visiting/galleries/middle_east/room_10_assyria_lion_hunts.aspx)



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When I walking to the Assyria section (Room 10a), It was hardly find the place by looking at the map, and this in the hidden area in the corner. To describe the physical layout of this room, I will say that I was very surprised that it wasn’t sumptuous but it’s pretty simple, no decoration, only the fossil was place on the wall, that shows the original feelings. The layout of this room is more like a story telling has a frequencies and the fossil have flow through in the end of the room. Furthermore, looking at the impact of environment, at first, the light wasn’t that bright enough, they only place the light facing the fossil, actually it is a bit dark inside, colour of the wall is blue with a wooden floor, also the chairs in the room is wooden, it feel cozy and warm in the room, and the chairs in the middle allows you to seat down and enjoy the master piece of the Lion Hunts. Right after you walk into the room, you will see the information about the Lion Hunts, that audiences can clearly understand and engage with the history, and by looking at the fossils it allows you to feel that you are in that period of time.

Reading at Carol Duncan’s “Art museums and the ritual of citizenship,” Duncan said in her article that “a museum is not the neutral and transparent sheltering space but more likely the traditional ceremonial monument.”  She explain that the museum most of the museum have emulate the classical temple, medical cathedrals,  and I agree with what she said that the facade of the British Museum is decided like the classical Greek architecture.  Moreover, in the paragraph of the politics of public art museum, Duncan gives an example of “The Louvre.” The Louvre is one of the royal collection to be turned into a public art museum. “In 1793 the French Revolutionary government, looking for a way to dramatise the creation of the new republican state, nationalised the king’s art collection and declared the Louvre a public museum, this makes all the citizen think it is open to everyone and it is free charge, it thus become a powerful symbol of the fall of the ancient regime and the creation of a new order. Government makes you feel that the public museum is welcome everyone to visit even someone wasn’t educated. That  makes people think that we own part of these things, however, the art museum gives citizenship and civic virtue a content without having to redistribute real power.

Moreover, In the princely gallery, paintings status and  other rare and precious objects were understood as luxurious decorations, to display them in the public museum to make people think that all the treasure are belong to all the citizen and I think this is just a way that government making an excuse to make them feel not too guilty.

In there article also mention about, having a bigger and better art museum is a sign of political virtue and national identity, and from the British museum, I know that the British Museum is the one can be identity the United Kingdom.

















The British Museum Visit

What make a great exhibition? Temple/ White Cube/ Laboratory by Iwona Blazwick

what makes a great exhibition

An American artist Mary Kelly has commented:

“In terms of analysis, the exhibition system marks a crucial intersection of discourses, practices, and sites which define the institutions of art within a definitive social formation. Moreover, it is exactly here, within a definitive social formation. Moreover, it is exactly here, within his inter-textual, inter-discursive network that the work of art is produced as text.”

– Mary Kelly, “Re-viewing Modernist Criticism” Screen 22, no.3 (1981): 41-62.

So here Mary Kelly has explain that those analyses and debate precipitated by artists and researched by curators, theorists, and historians, represent an art history that does not focus on art movement, their object, or creators but rather on this modes of presentation. They have interrogated the conventions of “exhibition-making;” and the transition of the gallery environment from academy to salon, from white cube to site, from space to situation.  Meaning that when an artist work is about to show in a gallery or a museum, is not just about showing artist work, but is about how exhibition is going to show to the viewer, and the true is there are more things to consider then just exhibit an art work/

In Iwona Blazwick’s article, she mention about mention about Brian O’Dohrty’s pivotal “Inside the White Cube” to Mary Anne Stanisewki’s “The Power of Display” numerous critical interpretations of systems of display and gallery environments have generated a radical shift. She talks about “ The exhibition space, be it museum or laboratory, can no longer be understood as neutral, natural, or universal but rather as thoroughly prescribed by the psychodynamics of politics, economics, geography and subjectivity.” From my understanding of this paragraph it means that the exhibition nowadays is not a place that simply display some artists work, but it is inseparable with the economics ( How you promote the exhibition?), geography, ( Where is the exhibition?) and subjectivity. (What audience like to look in the exhibition?)

As I mention before, the geography it can some how change the way of the exhibition, therefore, in this article, Iwona has talked about that the Whitechapel Gallery’s history and “location” could yield some fascination insights into the way exhibition and their spaces offer an index of the conditions of spectatorship and how they have ebbed over a century. In here, I understand, Whitechapel gallery is not in the city centre or in the grand avenue but the East End of London, It is a place of poverty and sweated labor, with Cockney solidarity and popular protest, and these environment issue can also change the way of the gallery exhibit there work.

Moreover, gallery, in the past they was just a place to show some artists work, but from the time had gone by, they started have some exotic cultures exhibition, to exhibit other countries work, and moving on to interactive work and performance art by some artists, they will be the subject in the exhibition to interact with the audiences and the viewer, also like Richard Long’s transposition of nature into urban culture, the arte povera artist Jannis Kounellis brought of his “Untitled,”1969.  Countless wished to disrupt the pristine and commercial aspect of the gallery staging a live encounter between the natural work its unconscious, unconsumable, and dangerous beauty, and these is incredibly change to a gallery.

In addition, in the gallery, to exhibit an exhibition, you have so many resources can use but to think of “ How do you use the support of an institution and will have space for production and circulation in an experimental and flexible way? How do you circulate ideas and artistic project, establishing an exchange among people from different economical, political and cultural context on an el level?” said by the curator Maria Lind.

Therefore In my opinion, I think gallery should a place that can build a relationship between audiences and artists, and should be like a permeable web, a black box, a white cube, a temple, a laboratory, a situation.

What make a great exhibition? Temple/ White Cube/ Laboratory by Iwona Blazwick

Respond to Grayson Perry’s Lecture. Playing to the gallery- Democracy Has Bad Taste.

Grayson Perry

Question:    “Who and what defines what we see and value as art in the 21st century?"

After listening to the Grayson Parry’s lecture, and to response the question of “Who and what defines what we see and value as art in the 21st century?”

To begin with, there is a part of lecture that I am interested in. It is a paragraph that Grayson explains, in the history, in his opinion that art world has been fairly inward-looking because it can operate as a fairly closed circle. He also explain that there are many artists who are very successful who do not need the public at all. He also mean that that in the past, artists do not need to have a wider audience to be a successful artist and the only thing they need is the dealer and the collector who would like buy there work, I do agree with Grayson’s opinions, it kinds of make sense, in the past, not like nowadays, the media can spread the message away so quickly, and I do think in the past there are a group of people who would be able to understand artists art work and how to sell there art work in the art industry.

To understand the meaning of “how do we tell if something is good? And “who tell us that it is good?” There is no answer correct answer to define this question, these question have to be included  financial value, popularity, art historical significance or aesthetic sophistication, also the tension between the idea of popularity and quality, Grayson gives an example of the fifth most popular art exhibition in the world, the David Hockney’s work show at the Royal Academy, a bigger picture with those big joyful landscape paintings, but obviously, not everyone agree with this, he remain nameless gallery director of a major contemporary art gallery and she think the show was one of the worst shows she’d ever seen, this mean even a popular exhibition in the world but may not be a great show for who is passion about the art, but is present it for big range of popularity who loves this kind of art work, therefore, this can be explain that some of the art work are created for the big amount of audience.

Grayson also gives away the ideal formula for art in the 21st century, to make this formula make sense, at first, we have to an empirical measure of  art that actually does exist is the market. The formula is a mathematical formula, “ You have to get a half decent non-offensive kind of idea and you times it by the number of studio assistants and then you divide it with an ambitious art dealer and that equals number of oligarchs and hedge fund managers in the world.” It is an interesting way to explain the way of discuss the art in the art world and of course, to be successful or famous, you will need to have a mount of people, art dealer…etc, or someone who can be influence in the art world.

Moreover, as we said earlier, we need someone “right” person to help you to become a successful artist, but also have to be “validated.” So who validate it? There are sort of artists, teachers, dealers, collectors, critics, curators, the media, and even the public perhaps, from these people validate the artist work it just like there perfect CV for the artist itself and make their work more valuable.

Furthermore,  Grayson mention about the privies director of the Tate Gallery said that there’s four stage to be rise and success as an artist, each is serious critics, collectors, dealers and then the public. Serious critics, when your art work have been critics, your work will be knowable and will be discuss in the world. Collectors, if an artist work is buy by a heavyweight collector, this well give you kudos, and people will be able to know your work easily. Dealer, a good dealer, or good dealer brand is very powerful effect on the repletion of the artist, and also they form a part of placing the work.  The public, nowadays media attention is one of the most convenience way to get your art work famous. Also any of art museum or gallery curator, is a important character for any artist, because they have a platform for artists to exhibit their work in public, and it is a good platform and you need this kind of platform as an artist to show there work.

To conclude, being a artist, you can do any kind of art that you are passion about, but when you are thinking of how to make your work more valuable or be come a successful and famous artist, then there will be a lot of things that you need to consider, especially for the people in the art world, you have to find a way to attract the audience and get an attention from them.

Respond to Grayson Perry’s Lecture. Playing to the gallery- Democracy Has Bad Taste.

Museum vs. Gallery


In the lesson we are discussing about the differences between a Museum and a gallery. In my opinion about the museum is a place that have to be “big” and the architecture have to be out-standing, the building can be historical or modern style, but in my own thought is seem be more historically. Inside the museum there will be varieties department that you can go visit, and it is more about education, that you will learn something inside the museum and knowledges that you will not be able to learn it from the book, and this reminds me about that when I was in the high school we used to go visit the museum and we have right down what we had learn about inside the museum. Furthermore, most of the museum are free for people to go in and visit, it is almost like a public place, letting people to go, it is also a place that tourist will visit and it become an attraction to visit, and the reason of this is because a museum can be represent a country, and from there you can learn more about a country’s history, culture, tradition…etc.

The word “gallery,” I wasn’t that sure about the definition of this word, because before I came study aboard and to be honest there wasn’t much galleries for me to visit in my home town, so I was not familiar with it. However, after I came to study in London and because I am studying graphic design, therefore I got more chance to go visit many different galleries. In my opinion, gallery is defiantly smaller then a museum, and it is more about the artists or designer having an exhibition showing there own work, and the exhibition is temporary, they will be changing different art work in some period of time, also gallery is more like a privet place, that only for group people who would like to visit the particular kind of art.

Museum vs. Gallery

Future Retrospectives Exhibition.

As a Graphic design student, allows me to have better opportunity to look at other artists work, also visiting exhibition in the gallery or museum, it is one of my favourite things to do in my spare time and this allow me to escape from my work and get inspire from the others.

Wildlife Photographer of the year2016

Recently I visited the “Wildlife Photographer of the year” at Natural History Museum, it is one of my favourite exhibition. The photography in the exhibition is incredible and powerful, it shows the excitement of the nature and the animal movement that we do not normally see, also enjoy the feeling that exhibition gives me. When I first enter the exhibition, it gives me the feeling of “I am about to like I am about to go through another space” and to experience something incredible, and I absolutely love this kind of way to start the  exhibition.

Therefore, in the exhibition photographer’s work are not the only thing that should be consider about, but also the concept of whole exhibition, you have to think of “How are you going to place the work?” “What kind of feeling that you would like to show the audience”…etc. These kind of the questions should be think of when you are holding an exhibition, so setting up an exhibition need to include and be consider with design knowledge.

To pick upthread &Needle an object that can represent me in the exhibition, I had chose “thread & needle,” and the reason I chose this object is because thinking as an artist and a designer, I would like to b
e the one who how be able to combine artist’s art work and the design of the exhibition together, and I would like to be the “thread & needle” as a medium, that I can sew them together, join them together an to make both of them going well together.

Future Retrospectives Exhibition.