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Subject:

Re: baltic new media curating seminar

From:

Matt Locke <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Curating digital art - www.newmedia.sunderland.ac.uk/crumb/

Date:

Tue, 15 May 2001 16:24:17 +0100

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At 13:10 12/05/01 -0700, you wrote:
>Matt+
>I agree with you that the experience of the whole place/space must be
>taken into account, but it sounds like you're suggesting that museums
>can't/shouldn't create informal or "non-religious" spaces, which being
>in the process of "experience planning" for a Herzog & de
>Meuron-designed addition to the Walker, I would disagree with.


hi steve,

i wasn't trying to say that museums shouldn't create informal spaces, just
that this process needs to take into account the whole building. If you're
working with architects on a whole new wing, that sounds like the right way
to approach these issues. also, the FACT centre in liverpool is trying to
come up with architectural solutions to a range of participatory
conditions, from cinemas to 'medialounges' (although clive hates that
term!) and production workshops.

I was thinking about when i went to see 'tech-nicks' in sheffield, and how
different the 'ambience' of this mobile participatory project was in
different locations. In the backspace-like RTI access space, the ambience
of the space (very informal, low-tech and acessible) matched what
techn-nicks were trying to acheive really well. The Site gallery, who have
recently built a gorgeous new white-cube space that is superb for showing
photography and installtions, had used informal furniture (including
bean-bags!), artists at work, magazines, books, etc, but no matter how
informal and accessible it was supposed to be, the austere architecture
made it look like an exhibit, not a place you were likely to get dirty and
play around in.



matt




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Matt Locke
Artistic Director
The Media Centre, Huddersfield
www.test.org.uk

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