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Exhibition Designby David Dernie
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Today exhibitions have to compete in an increasingly sophisticated leisure market. Consequently, the way in which the contemporary exhibition is designed is changing fast; previously aloof cultural institutions are making use of technologies and techniques more commonly associated with film and retail. Exhibition-making is now synonymous with image-making, communication, and the creation of a powerful experience. features examples of a wide variety of exhibitions from around the world, from major trade and commerce fairs to well-known fine-art institutions and small-scale artist-designed displays. The introduction gives an historical perspective on the development of exhibitions and museums, with particular focus on the developments of the twentieth century. The book is divided into two parts: Approaches and Techniques. Approaches is devoted to the conceptual themes of narrative space, performative space, and simulated experience. Techniques covers the practical concerns of display, lighting, color, sound, and graphics. To illustrate these themes the book features photographs, drawings, and diagrams of exhibitions from around the world, including the work of such internationally renowned architects and designers as Ralph Appelbaum Associates, Atelier Brückner, Casson Mann, Frank Gehry, Zaha Hadid, Imagination, METStudio, and Jean Nouvel.
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Dernie (Manchester School of Architecture, UK), an architect and designer, discusses contemporary exhibition design, themes, and procedures. He outlines the subject's history, describes different techniques used in display, and demonstrates by including many color photos from recent international exhibitions ranging from consumer pavilions to small-scale displays from as far back as 1985. Lighting, and combining communication, color, and graphics are detailed in the final chapter. Approaches covered include narrative and performance spaces and simulated experiences. The techniques detailed are not intended to be guides, but as an example of possible tools. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
A survey of the conceptual themes and practical concerns--display, lighting, color, sound, and graphics--of exhibition design.
A survey of the conceptual themes and practical concerns—display, lighting, color, sound, and graphics—of exhibition design.
Competing in an increasingly sophisticated leisure market, contemporary exhibitions use technologies and techniques more commonly associated with film and retail. Exhibition Design features the works of internationally renowned architects and designers—from major trade and commerce fairs to well-known fine-art institutions, to small-scale artist-designed displays. 450 illustrations.
About the Author
David Dernie is an architect, exhibition designer, and head of the Manchester School of Architecture in England.
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