Fall 2018, IMA, NYU Shanghai
Instructor: Liu Chang
Course Website: http://ima.nyu.sh/exhibition-next/
Class Time: Tuesdays, 1:45 – 4:45 pm in the first 7 weeks of the semester
Office Hours: TBD, Studio 826 / Office 942. 👉Sign Up Here
Exhibition: Next is an exploration and observation of the field of museum studies and exhibition design.
What is an exhibition in a museum today and how should it be experienced? What is its role in society? How does it engage the audience of tomorrow? This class will explore how emerging technologies can be applied to a museum and exhibition design to enhance museum visitors’ experience. Class discussions will include topics and themes such as curatorial practices, public space, content and form, audience and environment, meaningful interfaces and interactive experiences in a museum context. The course will begin with visiting and immersing students in various museums, art spaces, and exhibitions in Shanghai. Students will explore and research on the functions of a museum as an institution to public audiences. Through museum visits, students will write observations of each trip based on their own experience to design a “better” museum or exhibition as their final project. Students will work in a team or individually to design their own exhibition through the design process of submitting a museum proposal, building a demonstrated diorama and writing a museum manifesto, etc. By the end of the course, students will install and present their work in different mediums.
- Become familiar with different kinds of museums, exhibitions, elements and the workflow of curating an exhibition from research to production.
- Become professional of observing, experiencing an exhibition, and be able to produce some creative solutions, critical thinking of the museum experience.
- Become knowledgeable about various museum interactive technologies and exhibition design.
Assignments and Projects:
- Museum Trip Report;
- Small Projects: Hacking a Chair & Design a Diorama ;
- Final Project: Design an experience with displaying your objects which related to your research topic.
- Assignments: 30% (Include every weekly assignment, trip report, reading reflection, writing assignments.)
- Two Small Projects: 10%+10% (I will look at aspects of the project, such as the concept, project scale, design, research, technique, interactivity, creativity, polished level,etc. )
- Final Project: 20% (I will look at aspects of the project, such as concept, scale, design, research, technique, interactivity, creativity, polished level, exhibition, etc. )
- Class Participation: Attendance 15% + In-Class 15% (Attendance on time will get full score; Late for class more than 10 mins will get half score; For the in-class participation, it’s very important for all of you engage with class discussions, conversations, give feedback to each other’s project, pay attention on classmate’s presentation.)
Course Rules and Conduct:
- Be on Time;
- Laptops closed during lectures and presentations.
- Be respectful of your peer’s time and work.
- Be respectful of people’s identities. Be mindful of other people’s experiences and opinions.
- Be prepared for your presentation, assignment, user testing. Be mindful of your responsibility to explore question and answers.
- Be smart on time management on self-study of technical skills, and balance with other things.
- Attendance is mandatory.
- Please inform me via email 24 hours before class starts if you are going to miss a class.
- Showing up late for class more than 15mins will be considered as an unexcused absence.
- 2 unexcused absence will lead a class to fail.
- This class will be participatory, you are expected to participate in discussions and give feedback to other students.
- Homework needs to be submitted or posted 2 hours before the class starts.
- Make sure your work is original, and credit on other people’s effort and sources.