Curatorial thinking : performance space and the interior

Lee, Gini (2007) Curatorial thinking : performance space and the interior. In Gigli, John, Hay, Frazer, Hollis, Ed, Milligan, Andrew, Milton, Alex, & Plunkett, Drew (Eds.) Thinking inside the box : a reader in interior design for the 21st century. Middlesex University Press, United Kingdom, London, pp. 133-143.

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The theory and practice of interiors is normal predicted upon the assumption that some type of physical design intervention is the generator of the spatial and material qualities of enclosed places. The following investigations into curatorial approaches to (re)making responsive interiors suggest alternative postproduction methods that enable interiors to be conceptualised and realised by ecological and cultural parameters. This design research seeks to transform familiar practice through approaches borrowed and appropriated from other disciplines and sensibilities. To achieve this, the postproduction method aims to demonstrate how the material and ephemeral world is noticed and acted upon when mediated by the reactions to/outcomes of a more performative and ephemeral approach to design intervention. The intention is to move beyond the structures inferred by normative architectural and master planning regimes through uncovering and making explicit, material and ephemeral conditions informed by speculative travelling, peripatetic drifting, dispassionate observation and chance association. The upshot of this may be the production of outcomes such as storytelling, archiving, experimental itineraries, collaborative interventions and exchange events where multiple readings of seemingly familiar concepts enable alternative practices to evolve.-----

One pertinent concept inquires into what ecological practice offers to design methodologies concerned with postproduction. Stengers describes ecologies of practice as a new political ecology beyond individual corncerns, where "landscapes for thinking and feeling" are the mobile grounds for emerging collective events and collaborative relationships. The challenge is to facilitate forming relationships across boundaries through an ecological approach that recognises the instability of border conditions and works around, and with, the consequences. An ecological approach may be informed through the concepts around the nature of curation. Rugoff, writing on the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles explains" the word curator derives from the Latin to 'care for', and here (in the museum) caretaking extends not simply to objects, but to our relationship with the past, particularly those portions that have been overlooked, dismissed, forgotten or destroyed. here a home is provided for the marginal artefact, for things not usually prized or deemed worthy of serious display.

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ID Code: 21178
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Interior, Curation, Performance, Postproduction, Museum, Gardens
ISBN: 9781904750222
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Landscape Architecture (120107)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Architectural History and Theory (120103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > ARCHITECTURE (120100) > Interior Design (120106)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Design
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Middlesex University Press & Lee Gini
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Deposited On: 15 Jun 2009 04:07
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