Some notes for Exhibition Making in the Tropics

 

  • Think of the exhibition as a process, not as a final result.
  • Think of the exhibition not as an accumulation of objects, but as a way of doing research on ideas and contexts.
  • Create flexible exhibition without specifying every detail. Non-design: suggest instead what might happen.
  • Integrate new works during the duration of the exhibition.
  • Allow errors, surprises and collaborations to happen within the exhibition.
  • Find inspiration on people's everyday design solutions.
  • Allow the spectator to become part of the exhibition. To activate it and become a participant.
  • Think of the exhibition as a place where things happen.
  • A place for Experiments and Experiences.
  • Allow the exhibition to become a place (or a non-place), a scenario, a landscape, a social club.
  • Plants and hammock always make an exhibition much better (as well as fans if you have access to electricity).
  • Use reproductions (or photocopies taped to the wall) if you can't have access to the "real" work.
  • When there's no budget, count on the economy of friendship.
  • Use what you have at hand.
  • Let the unexpected happen.

 

Pablo León de la Barra, "Novo Museo Tropical", in Mathieu Copeland, Chorégraphier l'exposition, Les presses du réel, 2008

Notes à propos de l'organisation d'expositions sous les tropiques

 

 

Pablo León de la Barra, "Novo Museo Tropical", in Mathieu Copeland, Chorégraphier l'exposition, Les presses du réel, 2008