The premise of the exhibition design for Smart Flexibility: Advanced Materials and Technologies at Design Hub was to provide a binding ‘platform’ for the two distinct curatorial groupings displayed in Project Room 1. The broadly varied projects comprise of objects that respond or adapt to the user or the environment, and each project is represented by a material or 3D model. The objects are tactile, inviting close investigation of detail and surface. Located in close proximity for relationships to be revealed, objects are exhibited on a landscape of yellow cardboard panels, temporary and recyclable, and supported by a base of Design Hub kit-of-parts tables. Small and delicate objects are fixed to suspended grey panels located above the horizontal surface. Non-physical projects are represented digitally on the perimeter walls.
The bridge signifies the separation between the experimental research projects in Project Room 1 and the manufactured materials displayed in Project Room 2. The series of manufactured new materials are displayed under targeted light, encouraging visitor engagement. The continuous cardboard shelf evokes a more domestic scale on which to display these curious and potentially ‘everyday’ materials. Interspersed throughout the exhibition are three projects by RMIT researchers, each engaging with the themes explored by Materfad’s Smart Flexibility, but from alternative scale and perspective.
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