Environment and Place: The Mini Museum (1stTerm Year 1)
The different objects that we own are important to us and reflect our own individual values and personalities and also indicate to other people who we are. Objects come to us in many different ways. Sometimes we buy them and sometimes we inherit them or are given them as gifts. We end up with collections of objects that are selected and given according to our own individual needs and criteria. Our objects might be expensive, cheap, free, digital, analogue, old or new, but whatever the status, they each have their own unique value and qualities.
We all have different collections of objects, but so do the many museums and galleries around the world. As these objects reflect our own values, the objects collected by different institutions are gathered and curated to reflect the different communities and societies that inhabit the world. Objects are studied by a variety of different designers, artists, archaeologists and anthropologists in an attempt to understand their meanings and values. As cultural institutions, these museums and galleries seek to present this information to us so that we can learn and develop a deeper understanding of society and its history.
As an introduction to Environmental Design, students explored and investigated ideas around domesticity, curation and objects, and their individual values. Through this investigation students worked to understand the objects that they each own and designed and built a small-scale museum apparatus. The unit encouraged students to explore the question: How can you use environmental design and the development of a small installation to communicate the value of individual personality and its belonging to the wider community?
Environment and Placewas jointly taught by Daniel Tollady, from University for the Creative Arts, and Li Xiang from Xiamen University. With an 8-hour time difference between UK and China, the two tutors worked together to deliver the course both online and face-to-face. The core task of the unit was to build a mini-museum exhibiting individual objects through three phases – personal object selection, dormitory survey, and mini-museum design. Students were introduced to spatial cognition and essential drawing skills, and were encouraged to put forward their creative ideas. Through eight weeks of learning, exploring and designing, students accomplished their first curation tasks, and each presented his/her design portfolio and design diary.
Exhibits：Socks, Watch, Jade Pendant, Bracelet, Shoes
Exhibits：Candle,Watch, Airpods Case, Matryoshka, Amber Pendant
Exhibits: Thermal Water Bottle, Pencil Case, Umbrella, Student Card, Ointment
Exhibits: Bag, Hair Band, Earing, Costume, Kneecap
Exhibits: School Badge, Conch, Greeting Card, Key Chain, Dried Flowers
Exhibits: Dental Flosses
Exhibits: Hair Band, Hair Ring, Sports Pants, Necklace, Glasses