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.
This event is part of the Shaping Space: Architectural Models in Context project, funded by the AHRC, led by the V&A and the Building Centre.
We would like to thank our supporters; 4D Modelshop, Amalgam Modelmaking, B.15 Workshop, Drawing Matter, GHA Group, The University of Manchester, MAP Laboratory (CNRS), and Model Platform.