William Morris Gallery Exhibition: Cabinet of Necessities WIP blog

December 2016

In the iteration process, we’ve gone from a paper prototype to a slight change in the design of the cabinet and then back to the original layout of the boxes cabinet.
  • Size of the cabinet will depend on space given in gallery
  • The projection must be matched EXACTLY through mapping and may need to be adjusted on exhibition day
  • Video seems to be the most interesting projection compared to images
  • All objects and positions MUST be secured down in order to ensure projection is on the right objects
cardboard boxes collected to build a reclaimed cabinet

November, 2016

The gallery space we proposed to use to show our project
  1. We discussed the objects we choose to use in our exhibition and how we would curate objects. (This connects back to Chloe Meineck’s talk about curating objects) Should we collect the object from specific people from the survey, Salvation Army, or make then through 3D printing etc.? Also we talked about whether the idea of having real AND projected objects along with objects of necessity AND memory would be too much. This may actually create a hierarchy that we do not intend to create. Also there’s an element of interaction when objects can actually be handled and touched.
  2. How do we connect our project to the gallery? Maybe the connection is not directly through William Morris’ art but to the gallery in terms of the position or context of the room we choose to exhibit in. Originally, we had chosen the room with the tapestry made from Morris’ kit. This room is the only room that shows a piece made by his community people and not him, which suits our theme of community involvement.
Music Memory Box — Chloe Meineck

Survey, projection prototyping, sketching, research

Prototyping with Mad Mapper for projection mapping. We can intermix physical and hologram objects to play with the real and imagined worlds in our installation
Sketches for cabinet

By linking the parcours of a space to memorable images, one could make people remember and relate to a subject more easily. — Narrative Spaces: On the Art of Exhibiting by Herman Kossmann, Suzanne Mulder, and Frank den Oudsten

This made me question at what point do objects speak for themselves and the influence of the British culture on other cultures creating an object mimicry effect. Artist Njideka Akunyili Crosby talks about object mimicry in her own experience in an interview with Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite. She also mentions “the cultural theorist, Homi Bhabha who talks about mimicry not being a perfect copy, and it’s in the imperfection of mimicry that new culture actually occurs”.

Iteration 3
Planning of different exhibition methods for displaying a collection of found objects

October 2016

Primary research: visiting the William Morris Gallery and surrounding businesses, communities, and people
Sightings in the neighbourhood: Salvation Army with Morris’ quote mural, Little Free Library
We then started to record sounds in the gallery as well as feel and imprint patterns of the walls of the structures in the borough onto paper.
In order to understand the context around the William Morris Gallery, I mapped current news events from in Walthamstow. The house in the middle is the gallery, you can see how many things are happening around it.
William Morris said in the 1880’s would still apply to today. “Society today is like a wrecked ship where people eat one another.”

Case Study:

Recognition”, a photojournalism project that looks at paintings from Tate Britain’s collection in comparison to photographs from completely different contexts; using artificial intelligence to calculate similarities based on 4 matching points: objects, faces, composition, and context.
In order to capture the aura of William Morris, I wanted to dig into his habits and activities in his home. He often sat on the windowsill on the landing between the ground and first floor. This is a sketch of the view outside this window today, what is now Lloyd Park. A lot may have changed to the landscape, however the greenery and nature still resides. I believe he got a lot of his inspiration for his patterns from the nature outside.



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Betty Zhang

Betty Zhang

Strategist, designer, and researcher working in digital innovation, strategic foresight, and customer experience.