Ural State University of Architecture and Art

ISSN 1990-4126



Associate Professor, Chair of Interior Art,
Krasnoyarsk State Institute of Art,

Russia, Krasnodar


Porchaikina Natalya V.

Architecton: Proceedings of Higher Education №4 (36) December, 2011

The article considers an experience in the application of a research-based teaching approach at Krasnoyarsk State Institute of Art, where art exhibition design has become a part of the teaching and learning process involving several disciplines at once. The research-based approach consists in examining design methods and techniques and their use at all stages of art exhibition design. In the course of designing an exhibition, students are engaged in research, experimenting, design, and creative activities.

Specifically, a sketch design of exhibition proposed by the teaching staff for realisation by students served as a basis for creating an exhibition space in which the participants of the exhibition were offered to have look at the design process from a research point of view, checking their design ideas directly in the exhibition space instead of doing it on paper or computer.

The students managed to express, using modern-day exposition techniques, the image of a creative art research laboratory. Also, the exhibition was realised as a set of activities of an educational and methodological character, with performances, master classes, competitions, an online workshop, a round table, and mini-exhibitions. This first experience in exhibitioning has shown its relevance to the teaching and learning process. In this context, students are not limited as to the means of representation, and they act with greater freedom and interest than when performing traditional course assignments. Thus, exhibition as a methodological platform allows one to shape creative thinking, grow professionally, check theoretical knowledge against practice, respond quickly to the design brief and resolve successfully design challenges.

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Porchaikina N.V. AN EXHIBITION OF EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS AS A METHODOLOGICAL PLATFORM [Online] //Architecton: Proceedings of Higher Education. – 2011. – №4(36). – URL: http://archvuz.ru/en/2011_4/17 

Porchaikina Natalya V.

Architecton: Proceedings of Higher Education №3 (35) September, 2011

In contemporary exhibition practice, exhibit and space act as interrelated entities, and we can consider the degree to which space is included into the exposition structure. For example, interrelation between space and exhibit is often emphasized in the ‘white cube’ dialogue as a type of exposition space with exhibits included into it. Another approach to exhibiting is used in classical interiors, where these are used as an exposition platform. Everything here is subordinated to the logic of architectural space: proportions, symmetry of exposition, etc. Having reviewed exhibitions visited, the author proposes the following variants of including space into an exposition and its effects on exhibits.

The space and the exhibit are a single organism forming a concept where these entities are interconnected. Moreover, the space itself becomes an exhibit if the general exposition is made of spatial compositions. In another type of space, the architectural design of the platform dictates the type of exhibits. One more approach is the formation of spatial blocks by means of partitions, special lighting, and use of many halls for individual exhibits. Also, virtual galleries, where space is a standard unit in relation to the exhibit. By varying the parameters of these two entities, space and exhibit, we get criteria using which it may become possible to create a competently arranged exposition.

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Porchaikina N.V. SPACE AND EXHIBIT AS COMPONENTS OF AN ART EXPOSITION [Online] //Architecton: Proceedings of Higher Education. – 2011. – №3(35). – URL: http://archvuz.ru/en/2011_3/14 

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