I took part in an exhibition led by students at the Brighton University Grand Parade site in which PhD and MRes students whose work entails a creative practice dimension/model. I don’t identify as a creative practice student (for now at least) but as my background is is fine art (Fine Art: Critical Practice at UoB) as I wanted to focus on writing for this project, but as my former artwork focused on similar issues, I thought this could be an interesting opportunity to explore/express my research in a different way and to test myself as (someone who formerly identified as) an artist.
I was able to borrow a flat glass-top container to display in, which I used to place a lay-out of printed research findings including:
- Quotes from interviews with Catherine Flood (curator at V&A and of Disobedient Objects) and Guy Julier (professor in Design at UoB and contributor to Disobedient Objects)
- Pages of V&A annual reports from 2015 in which an overview of the museum’s experience of hosting the exhibition is given
- Details of the funding body The London Community Fund which provided financial support for the exhibition
- Images of the How-To guides sourced from google images search engine
- Image of the exhibition from the museum website superimposed with the museum logo
- The exhibition logo and accompanying graphics
What I was exploring and attempting to communicate through this piece was an emphasis on the exhibition being embedded within the structure of the museum as an institution and – in the case of the V&A – an extension of the state.
I wanted to explore the tenuous relationships that are mediated between these entities, whilst also exploring the notion that an institution is – whilst also being a homogeneous authoritative voice – a collection of individuals each with their own ontologies and agency.