My Review Corner (Summer Task): Eight Reflections

3026MAPA Final Media Project: Presentation

1. Mortimer Fun Day

Mortimer Fun Day1st of July 2017

Link: Mortimer Village (calendar)

Recently I visited Mortimer’s annual fete with my family (in Reading), which gets held every year in the main central fairground The fete is known to include a variety of stalls from clothes, arts and crafts, world foods and much more. It is also open to the public through free entry and involves a big raffle, where medium size hampers are always up for grabs.

In terms of the organisation of the event, each stall was placed around the field. With the main attraction positioned in the centre. Which involved horses, obstacle courses, live music and more. Further bringing in members of the public through a live update on the agenda for the day, ways to get involved in competitions and praise situated towards the organisers of the event.

The fete itself managed to attract visitors by involving small businesses to bigger trade ones putting all their products on show. From local market sellers, prestige candle makers, local jewellery specialists etc.

Furthermore, the event featured many ongoing competitions. Thus really engaged with the public in this way. As the scale of the competitions ranged from lucky dips, tombola’s to prize draws. The other thing which was good included the fetes variety. As there was something for everyone, from world foods, drinks, baked goods, cars, clubs and so forth. Therefore the fete itself really branched out to the public (as it does every year) to really encourage more and more people from various age groups to visit the fete, have a walk around and get involved n various activities etc.

The benefits of the exhibition involved the following:

  • Free entry
  • Lots of variety (activities)
  • Outdoor venue
  • Charity fundraising promoted within various stalls giving back to the community)
  • Live entertainment (horse shows and live music)
  • Fresh food, cooked on the spot (various cuisines and flavours-something for everyone)
  • Open to all ages

Limitations

  • Heavy reliance on the weather (contentment factor)
  • Stall availability (for stall owners)
  • Stalls: Products going out of stock due to high demand. Thus flavours and products left, may not sell as well as others due to low demand for them.
  • As ‘fun day’ is an all day event stall sellers may experience a dip in interaction with customers after 3pm (when the day is about to end). Thus may start to pack up, however, more people may visit their stall when some have been packed away already.

Ideas (to use for inspiration towards the Degree show and own distribution of my FMP)

  • Community engagement ideas (making use of natural factors, think about age groups and also possible audience interested in particular hosted events etc.)
  • If chosen FMP involves an event of some kind, then it will be important to think about food and drink. For example what food will be on offer and how local food stalls could be involved. This may involve talking to Fargo Village in order to find out about possible interest, with small food stalls and market sellers to aid with your event.
  • Although ‘Mortimer Fun Day’ did not include a treasure trail (promoting family activity). I would possibly use this marketing tool to promote my possible event. Further bringing in the public in this way, to find items and follows clues to particular ideas, installations and products related to my event on the whole.

References

Mortimer Village Partnership. 2017. Mortimer Village Partnership. [ONLINE] Available at:http://www.mortimervillage.org.uk/calendar/index.htm. [Accessed 10 July 2017].


2. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery & ICON Museum (Birmingham) 

(IKon): January Exhibition

A few months ago I visited Birmingham ICON museum for the second time, after visiting it previously during a university trip. Seeing as I enjoyed the exhibition so much last time, I thought I’d go back and experience it all again. For me, the showcasing of various artists work, explorative/unique themes and modern arrangments (location and decor) prolonged my interest in the IKON gallery on the whole

In terms of the organisation of the exhibition, many pieces of work were laid out in various corners of the room. Further boosted by various other art pieces appearing on each floor/gallery space. What was also intriguing was how each piece of artwork was separated from another piece of artwork at a considerable length (excluding other art pieces-see link above). Thus leaving a lot of room for each individual/party to move around the whole space in their own time, as opposed to being rushed and timed due to the size of the overall space.

Furthermore, the exhibition was well maintained and looked after. With a few guiders being present within each space to assist with any questions and queries that one may have. Therefore aiding interest, knowledge, understanding and intrigue within each piece of art (due to the nature of the overall pieces featured within the exhibition).

Benefits

  • Live interactive workshops
  • Crown engagement
  • Voice cards/profiles
  • Touch and feel items (adding to sensory feeling)-further promoting engagement and activity.

Limitations

  • Limited area
  • Limited capacity (of area)

FMP Ideas

  • Large open space to walk around in and to view exhibition pieces with ease and comfort.
  • Small or large wall for feedback to be written on with various coloured inks and different shapes and sticks on (to be added onto a wall for extra effect). For example, all different types of emoji’s to add to exhibition reaction and audience engagement (with the exhibition itself).

References

Ikon Roger Hiorns. 2017. Ikon Roger Hiorns. [ONLINE] Available at: https://ikon-gallery.org/event/roger-hiorns/. [Accessed 22 August 2017].


 

3. Coventry Transport Museum

Recently I visited Coventry Transport Museum

 

“Coventry Transport Museum houses the largest publicly owned collection of British vehicles in the world and tells the fascinating story of Coventry and its people through the rise and fall of its biggest industry. Now fully reopen after a £9.5m redevelopment programme, this huge museum offers a whole FREE day out of fun and discovery for visitors of all ages – all in an iconic city-centre building, and all completely free.” [1]

In terms of how the exhibition was organised this included various themes and structures being split into different sections. For example ‘Coventry and Taxi’s, Jaguar Car Museum (plus other manufacturers), live interactive elements and more.

As for exhibitions attraction. The public are engaged in the exhibition by learning about Coventry’s rich transportation history. Further being engaged through various workshops and interactive displays (great for family days out!). Furthermore the museum

Why visit Coventry Transport Museum?

  • Great family day out
  • Can learn about Coventry’s motor culture and much more
  • Free entry (students)
  • Lots to interact with and different sections of the museum to involve yourself in (i.e archive footage, demonstrations, buttons, quizzes, images etc.)

Benefits

  • Great for the whole family
  • Lots of history
  • A celebration of Coventry
  • Free entry
  • Good opening times

Limitations

  • Outdoor events/displays (in the summertime)
  • More promo (on social media), plus live Facebook vlogs/Q and A sessions to interact with wider audience etc.

Ideas for degree show and distribution of your FMP

  • Unique and interesting exhibition pieces
  • Direct engagement through live twitter/facebook polls

References

  • [1] Home – Coventry Transport Museum . 2017. Home – Coventry Transport Museum . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.transport-museum.com/. [Accessed 22 August 2017].

4.The Herbert Gallery

Culture Coventry offers inspiring and welcoming activities where the diverse communities of our city can explore and celebrate culture and identity. Building sustainable and authentic relationships with our audience and the people we work with.Through a vibrant, innovative programme we create and host lively events which enrich the experience of visitors.We aim to stimulate curiosity, and provide playful learning opportunities throughout everything we do.-Theherbert.org [1]

The exhibition is organised with the venue being split up into different sections for gallery space, interactive activities, showroom(s). Furthermore, various events are held within the venue each month to cater to various age groups. Space can also be hired for private events, school trips and so forth. Whilst ‘The Herbert’ itself aims to promote the city’s culture and foundations within one exhibition space.

The exhibition attracts a lot of visitors as it’s a top tourist attraction (source). Furthermore the architecture of the building (source, link etc. https://www.e-architect.co.uk/birmingham/herbert-art-gallery-coventry). The venue also includes a gift shop and an ‘archive’ section celebrating Coventry’s history (more on ‘whats included’ on site:

The audience are encouraged to interact with various forms of media by each event, activity and even workshop that is hosted. Further encouraged to take pictures within the venue where permitted, whilst tagging the venue itself in each photo adding to audience engagement.

Reviews from the public (trip advisor) (insert here and reference-screen grabs)?

  • What are the benefits and limitations of this form of exhibition?

Benefits: Ease of access, great family day out, a variety of activities included, a easy navigational website, a lot of added services (i.e photography and venue hires). Plus always interacting with members of the public through social media (twitter handle: @The_Herbert

Limitations:

  • Possibly include cultural events within the space or market venue to involve cultural events and so forth.
  • Venue (although spacious) is a little small thus could be broadened within an outdoor space to bring in more people throughout the summer etc.
  • What ideas can you steal, both for the Degree Show and for the distribution of your FMP.
  • Use of interactive activities, possibly venue usage and also how each ‘event’ gets updated weekly further offering something for everyone.

References

[1] About – The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum . 2017. About – The Herbert Art Gallery & Museum . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.theherbert.org/about/default.aspx. [Accessed 22 August 2017].

2. twitter.com. 2017. No page title. [ONLINE] Available at: https://twitter.com/The_Herbert?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor. [Accessed 22 August 2017].


 

7. Interactive 360 Museum(s): 

Link: http://www.photojpl.com/museum-st-ephrem-in-upton-teach-quebec-religious-history/-/UqbLGM964A/

How is the event organised?

The event is organised and marketed online as the 360 visual experience. As the exhibition itself has been filmed to be part of a 360 film event.

How does the exhibitor attract an audience?

The museum attracts visitors through all of its displays and added profiles (of historical figures). Further bringing in crowds due to the location of the venue and its rich cultural history, not to mention its landmark status.

How is the audience encouraged to interact with the media?

  • Through information plaques
  • Statues
  • Photography (allowed)
  • Take in the history and culture (from a distance), as sculptures are very valuable.

What are the benefits and limitations of this form of an exhibition?

Benefits: Landmark venue, place known for museum, centuries old history (preserved)

360 viewing adds to ease of access making you feel like you are actually there. As you can take a self-guided tour, viewing each artefact and moving from one corner of the room to the other. Thus through immersive technology, you are able to experience an exhibition/other from the comfort of your own home.

Limitations: Not many sculptures, small exhibition area (due to artefacts and historical gain etc.)

Limitations: 360 viewing means you cannot fully interact with exhibition pieces as you are not there in real time. Thus can’t feel each artefact (if required) etc.

Ideas (for fmp)

  • The way in which audience members move around the exhibition
  • How audience members interact with each through photography (could possibly include an open space for photos to be taken etc.)

References

  1. Photography of Museum St-Ephrem in Upton teach Quebec religious history – photoJPL.com .::      . 2017. Photography of Museum St-Ephrem in Upton teach Quebec religious history – photoJPL.com .::      . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.photojpl.com/museum-st-ephrem-in-upton-teach-quebec-religious-history/-/UqbLGM964A/. [Accessed 22 August 2017].

Bonus Analysis ‘Giant Spider’

Official link: http://www.photojpl.com/sculpture-of-a-giant-spider-at-the-museum-of-fine-arts-in-canada/-/yc1QRihsPF/

(Giant spider)

How is the event organised?

The statue is held outside (location?) and is built on a very large scale thus is hard to miss. Plus is central or near______

How does the exhibitor attract an audience?

This particular sculpture attracts tourists far and wide, through its sheer size and scope. Further attracting sculptors and artists interested in in giant sculptures.

Include Museum of fine arts info

How is the audience encouraged to interact with the media?

  • Take pictures
  • Move in and around object (with care)

What are the benefits and limitations of this form of an exhibition?

  • Very eye popping and interesting
  • Clever way of bringing people towards the museum of fine arts as sculpture is placed very near museum etc. Thus acts as a centrepiece to the museum itself.
  • 360 viewing adds to ease of access and makes you feel like you are actually there. As you can take a self-guided tour, vieiwng each artefact and moving from one corner of the room to the other. Thus through immersive technology, you are able to experience an exhibition/other from the comfort of your own home.

What ideas can you steal, both for the Degree Show and for the distribution of your FMP.

  • Mini or large scale sculptures (pop ups)
  • Audience intrigue (how can you surprise them with sheer engagement etc.)
  • Limitations: 360 viewing means you cannot fully interact with exhibition pieces as you are not there in real time. Thus can’t feel each artefact (if required) etc.

References

Photography of Sculpture of a giant spider at the Museum of Fine Arts in Canada – photoJPL.com .::      . 2017. Photography of Sculpture of a giant spider at the Museum of Fine Arts in Canada – photoJPL.com .::      . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.photojpl.com/sculpture-of-a-giant-spider-at-the-museum-of-fine-arts-in-canada/-/yc1QRihsPF/. [Accessed 22 August 2017].


7.5 Virtual Museum 2

Denys Arcand and Adad Hannah at Big Bang exhibition at Montreal MMFA_

How is the event organised?

Th exhibition is a celebration of_____ further including his/her work in one space.

‘Space’ history (research!)

Denys Arcand and Adad Hannah at Big Bang exhibition at Montreal MMFA

Denys Arcand and Adad Hannah at the Big Bang exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Denys Arcand is undoubtedly one of the most important contemporary Canadian writers and directors. Adad Hannah makes video and photographic pieces that question the artistic conventions specific to the fine arts.

View the virtual tour in this 360 degrees interactive panorama and see it as if you were there. [1]

 

How does the exhibitor attract an audience?The museum attracts visitors through all of its displays. Further bringing in crowds due to the location of the venue and its rich cultural history, not to mention its landmark status. Whilst also honouring and celebrating the artists work, through a larger exhibition is this case ‘Bang Bang’ (add all stats etc.)

How is the audience encouraged to interact with the media?

  • Through information cards (understanding each section of the museum)
  • Projections, installations, sound bytes (adding to interaction and involvement from the public, making them gain more of a hands on experience).
  • Visual information
  • Edgy music (leads exhibition along). This particular element helps add more flare to the overall exhibition, as it not only livens up the mood but keeps things in motion through the monetization of sound and pitch (genre depending).

What are the benefits and limitations of this form of exhibition?

360 viewing adds to ease of access and makes you feel like you are actually there. As you can take a self-guided tour, viewing each artefact and moving from one corner of the room to the other. Thus through immersive technology, you are able to experience an exhibition/other from the comfort of your own home.

Limitations: 360 viewing means you cannot fully interact with exhibition pieces as you are not there in real time. Therefore can’t feel each artefact (if required) etc.

What ideas can you steal, both for the Degree Show and for the distribution of your FMP.

  • Music throughout exhibition
  • Text on walls
  • Lighting (changes colours), adds to tone and audience response
  • Further could market own FMP (if done in a similar way) through a few pop-up events in order to be all together for final exhibit etc.

References

[1] Photography of Denys Arcand and Adad Hannah at Big Bang exhibition at Montreal MMFA – photoJPL.com .::      . 2017. Photography of Denys Arcand and Adad Hannah at Big Bang exhibition at Montreal MMFA – photoJPL.com .::      . [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.photojpl.com/denys-arcand-and-adad-hannah-at-big-bang-exhibition-at-montreal-mmfa/-/SwKHOlJ6TI/. [Accessed 22 August 2017].


8. Coventry Watch Museum 

A few months ago I visited Coventry’s own watch museum. Seeing as Coventry’s watch history is very vast (discussed below). I thought I’d visit and take in Coventry’s rich culture with Watchmaking, whilst also interviewing one of the members of the watch museum itself. Below includes extracts of my interview with the chairman of the museum itself.

Interview (conversation)

Note: Consent received formally through conversation, further made clear nature of interview will be for non-commercial use only PLUS EDUCATIONAL USE COPYRIGHT 2014

Information about the museum etc

“This here was set up as a voluntary run museum um so with all volunteers and we raised money and people donated to teh society back and really its quite alot of history sizable chunk of history is watch making and clock making and really its the result of tht that people will realise that um we wouldn;t have had any machine tools or any of these if you had no watch making first so its important industry ‘history for the city’ and our aim is to promote and preserve its history to pass down too future generations.

Audience engagement

Most of them come down here they go back in time. To them they went to their grandparents and their parents sometimes and its surprising it goes down very well.

You: Certain type of nostalgia and artefacts

Old fashioned nostalgia is the history of our people. So well derserved —- all we need is money.


Name: Paul C (chairman of the museum)


Profile: Originally a production engineer but did re-train to do clock and watch repairs but doesn’t do much now as he has now retired.


Positives

Good use of information about history regarding museum

  • Great exhibitions
  • Key experience from those brought on as ‘guides’

To be improved

  • Better promo (utilisation of modern social mediums)
  • More visual material (i.e history of each aspect of Coventry and neighbouring areas revolving around  watch making history (as oppose to one informative video etc.)
  • Better signage (for where museum is)

To carry on for own FMP

  • Audience engagement (through visual material)
  • Interactive website (360 guided tour of overall exhibition
  • More interactive material involving the four senses, gaining a deeper understanding and feel of the exhibition itself (through humans senses). Adding to intrigue, engagement and accessibility to the general public etc.

Gallery


Main Conclusion 


Overall from visiting various exhibitions, events and monuments whether in person or through immersive 360 technology (through the use of Google maps and other 3D satellite software). I have begun to understand the importance of reviewing, analysing and reflecting. This is because through these three factors I have managed to accumulate a deeper/refined understanding of audience engagement, reaction and fulfilment. Further putting myself in their shoes as a ‘visitor'(as such) in seeing what each one has to offer and most importantly how they are interacting with their desired audience (i.e in what ways/through what social mediums etc.)

Finally, each visit has also given me more inspiration, tips, advice and pointers for my own FMP idea by making me think about every aspect, function and notion of putting together various exhibitions, events and so forth. Thus providing me with the appropriate tools I’ll need in order to hopefully bring my own project to life as my main FMP idea through vision, scope, patience, research, time, hard work and finally by understanding my desired audiences needs, expectations and above all desires through the project I’ll directly be offering to them (in whichever format I see fit through extended research which would be done beforehand).