Today I went to a talk at The National Museum of Wales entitled In Other Spaces: The Sensitivity between Ceramics and Sites, by James Beighton, Senior Curator, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and curator of Quietus exhibition.
The exhibition Julian Stair:Quietus – The Vessel, Death and the Human Body has been shown in a modern art gallery in Middlesbrough, currently in a museum and then it’ll be curated in a cathedral. James explained that although the same objects made by Julian Stair are used for all three exhibitions their meaning radically changes due to the space and type of building they occupy. Also the audiences seeing the works on display will change; a survey sheet is offered to each visitor and the results will be analysed to discover the different reactions.
These changes of venue “shifts the understanding”.