Exhibition Getting the Message out!

In this lecture we discussed various methods of getting your work out there. This ranges from things like Museums or galleries to pop-up exhibits and public art works. Some of these things like Museums and Galleries are not as significant as they used to be and in today’s society can lose some of the importance they once held through our past.

However first we must ask ourselves, what do people want? What does our audience want to see?

Well as a generality, art of course, but as we know there are many different entities that are considered forms of art today. From traditional Paintings, drawings, to dance, music and the performing arts, it’s all about what people want to see! What they want to express, but how?

See in the past when a person wanted a drawing or a painting of theirs to get some notoriety, they would hang in it in a gallery and gauge other peoples responses, and while there are still many galleries for the aspiring artists to hang their pieces, such as pop up galleries, but the number of these are dropping all the time with the advancement of the digital age.

In the modern world, if you want to view art you can simply go on the internet and do a search, once you have seen a piece of art online that’s all there is to it, right? Well not necessarily.

With doing everything digitally nowadays we lose the ability to have emotional connections with some of the pieces that would evoke different reactions had we seen them in person.

Museums are losing out also as people see the historic events and items there as outdated, funnily enough? I have heard people complain that museums are too old fashioned and need updated with the times. But doesn’t that defy the purpose of a museum, does that mean we are supposed to swap in viewings of the Neanderthal man for a viewing of a Retro computer that plays Pac-Man. The reason these places have lasted till now is because of their significance in showing artifiacts that inspire the viewer on a personal level. Surely yes you can go to Google and do a search of the bones of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, but you will never have the same feeling as you would in seeing them in person and realising just how grand they are.

The Rijksmuseum in the Netherlands recently went through changes in order to keep up with ever growing need for more interactivity in its museum by having exhibitions where the user can digitally engage with the artwork, such as zoom-able images that can be liked, saved or posted to social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter. You could claim that this is all the same as going online yourself but the key difference is that the Rijksmuseum actually owns all of the artwork that it presents.

The point I’m trying to make is that no matter what your method of expression may be, or no matter which form of art you may choose to express, whether in galleries or museums, or simply just online, we need to get our art work out there. It sure isn’t going to by itself, and only by creating demand can we keep our museums and galleries at our forefront of exhibits.

Finally we still always have the option of self-publishing something. If you have a book or a story idea and you want to get it out there, you don’t have to wait until a publisher picks you from out of the blue as the new JK Rowling or JRR Tolkien, there are still always the means to do so by yourself; e-publishing has become a big trend in recent years with websites like www.lulu.com allowing people to publish their works and acquiring their own sponsorships or advertising they can get known and get their work on a public level.

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