25 Years of The Substation
// Exhibition Design
Making Space is an exhibition organised by The Substation at National Library to marks their 25th Anniversary of The Substation with Debbie Ding as the curator. The Substation wanted a design studio to work with their curator, to create a spatial design in parallel to the concepts of curation.
Research Summary, Analysis and Proposed Framework
The key of the project is based on bringing out the essence behind the intended conversation of the curator, our research points us to look at finding a design scheme that is able to express the curator’s ideas of documenting the art work and create a relevance and memory for people who have seen the artworks and spaces. The intention is to put the exhibition across as a journey, an apt celebration of 25 years anniversary.
Understanding the materials planned for the exhibition through discussions with the curators and representatives of The Substation, a design scope was identified – the exhibition is content heavy and 2D in nature, the question was how to create an experiential and engaging experience for the viewers despite the large proportion of 2D materials.
From the curator’s concept of curating the journey of The Substation through 10 spaces of The Substation and bearing in mind the design scope, we arrived at the concept of creating areas for each of the 10 spaces, and have the visitor walk through the space, transiting from one type of content to another throughout the exhibition. Short wall like panels were created to demarcate and divide the space and guide the visitor through the spatial category of content.
Eventually, working with The Substation team, zones were created where the periphery of the exhibition featured the more open/ exterior spaces, transiting into the central areas of the exhibition where the wall panels were more enclosed to feature interior and programmatic spaces, to the rear end of the exhibition where it calls for abstract imagination and participation through the inclusion of a library, interactive documentation and videos.