The arrangement of space

Updated: Jul 24, 2020

For the past couple of weeks, I was working on a short research examining the spatial experience of an exhibition in Vancouver. My primary intention was to see how the total exhibition stands out as a whole and the works independently in relation to space they were occupying. I decided to resource some ideas from architecture discipline to understand how the exhibition narrative is conjoined with the spatial arrangements of the works. The image that I attached here is an example of the spatial arrangement. Each letter represents a particular space housing different artworks. See how the entire exhibition is designed to offer visitors with diversely integrated and connected experiences. This allows the exhibition to intentionally provide sometimes fixed and sometimes multiple narratives, eventually correlating to the meaning of the artworks individually and collectively.

For a better understanding of space syntax and its use in the context of exhibition or museum, these readings can be useful:

Hillier, Bill, and Kali Tzortzi. “Space Syntax: The Language of Museum Space.” In A Companion to Museum Studies, edited by Sharon Macdonald, 282–301. London: Wiley Blackwell, 2011

Forrest, Regan. “Exhibition Narrative: The Spatial Parameters.” The Exhibitionist 33, no. 1 (Spring 2014): 28–32.