- Here, communication lies at the heart of exhibitions, whereby the communicative medium is not a neutral transmission of information but something that contributes to the positioning and controlling of the spectator in a space of display (p.90).
Comment: Communication is the key. The flow of the exhibition and the position of different objects can convey a lot of things to the visitor. When a curator creates the exhibition, think about what is the storyline that you want to tell the visitor.
2. They (Exhibitions) are political tools for maintaining the status quo – modern ritual settings that reinforce identities, whether these be artistic, avant-garde, gender, racial, subcultural, regional, national, international, global, etc (p.91).
Comment: The exhibition is similar to a piece of artwork. When you create it, think about the concept behind it. The exhibition as a collection of different exhibited work needs a bigger size’s concept for it.
3. Connections and movements between spaces, things, and viewers are manifested, navigated, and transformed through “relational techniques.” (p.95)
Comment: This recalled what I commented under the first quote. I believe that curator plays an important role to make the presentation of artworks better. David Shrigley says: “the first job that an artist needs to do is to fill the space.” It can be applied to curator’s role as well.
4. Yet his argument – that the invisibility of the curatorial hand can reinforce the “belief that art speaks for itself” and that curating is a “necessary, if insufficient, medium through which the communication between art and its audience takes place”
Comment: Agian, communication. The role of the curator can let art speaks for itself. It can connect the audience with the artwork.
5. Rather than texts waiting to be read, exhibitions have the potential to activate discursive processes that enable dialogical spaces of negotiation between curators, artists, and their publics.
Comment: I think we talked about this in class that there are 3 important parts of an exhibition: the curators, artists, and the audience. To connect these 3 components together and arouse a discussion is really important for the curator.