The model is a powerful tool. Unpacking Bags reveals the design and curation processes behind a major exhibition to show how the 1:50 working model served the curators as a way of understanding the gallery space in three-dimensions, helping develop a suitable backdrop for the precious collection of bags on display.
The online talk will investigate the role of design in ensuring the sustainability of a temporary exhibition, with a focus on re-use and re-purposing. The speakers will explain how the 10m long exhibition Makers’ Table was saved from landfill, and how the plinths, label holders, and other accessories are salvaged from other shows. New-build components were designed to be dismantled and shipped along with the touring exhibition kit.
This all adds up to offset the environmental impact of a temporary exhibition, following the designer’s mantra of low cost, low carbon, high impact.