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  • Intimate Ecologies: An exploration of the languages of contemporary exhibitions and making in museums and related cultural spaces in the UK

Game, Amanda, 2016, Thesis, Intimate Ecologies: An exploration of the languages of contemporary exhibitions and making in museums and related cultural spaces in the UK MPhil thesis, Royal College of Art.

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Intimate Ecologies considers the practice of exhibition-making over the past decade in formal museum and gallery spaces and its relationship to creating a concept of craft in contemporary Britain. Different forms of expression found in traditions of still life painting, film and moving image, poetic text and performance are examined to highlight the complex layers of language at play in exhibitions and within a concept of craft. The thesis presents arguments for understanding the value of embodied material knowledge to aesthetic experience in exhibitions, across a spectrum of human expression. These are supported by reference to exhibition case studies, critical and theoretical works from fields including social anthropology, architecture, art and design history and literary criticism and a range of individual, original works of art. Intimate Ecologies concludes that the museum exhibition, as a creative medium for understanding objects, becomes enriched by close study of material practice, and embodied knowledge that draws on a concept of craft. In turn a concept of craft is refreshed by the makers’ participation in shifting patterns of exhibition-making in cultural spaces that allow the layers of language embedded in complex objects to be experienced from different perspectives. Both art-making and the experience of objects are intimate, and infinitely varied: a vibrant ecology of exhibition-making gives space to this diversity.

Qualification Name: MPhil
Subjects: Other > RCA Additional Subjects > Curating
Other > RCA Additional Subjects > Galleries (display spaces)
Creative Arts and Design > W100 Fine Art
Creative Arts and Design > W700 Crafts
Creative Arts and Design > W800 Imaginative Writing
School or Centre: School of Humanities
Date Deposited: 19 May 2016 11:09
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2016 13:24
URI: http://researchonline.rca.ac.uk/id/eprint/1778

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