In search for the context for my project, I started at home base. I was taking hundreds of images of unorthodox “spaces” that involved any form of spacial planning.
My refrigerator was, ironically, the most interesting space regarding the content of The Curator’s Handbook. In my mind, many of Adrian’s guidelines were immediately visualised and applicable to the fridge. I started experimenting with different ways of communicating the information and applying it to the layout of the fridge to show how curatorial practice can be adhered to indifferent realms.
Over time, I realised that though this seemed like a good approach at first, my visuals were not as relevant to the concept as I’d hoped. Thereafter, I had a discussion with many peers and ultimately considered the possibility a more infographic approach.
Of course, not having any experience with information design, I felt a bit intimidated at the thought of risking the execution of an interesting concept. Subsequently, I borrowed the book, Mapping Graphic Navigational Systems by Roger Fawcett-Tang & William Owen which showcases a collection of various works by a multitude of designers/design agencies. Of the many I had favoured, the absolute winner was HOEKVANHOLLAND by Lust (see below).
I was then inspired to relay a selection of guidelines from The Curator’s Handbook, apply them to the operations of the fridge, and display the data and visually present it in a map-like format; very much like the maps you get at a museum to guide visitors throughout exhibition spaces.
Following the mapping section of The Curator’s Handbook, I tried to make a map which represented the construction of my fridge, whilst witholding a sense of abstraction; connoting that, though this is a fridge, it is in fact an exhibtion.
From this point, everything just fell into place. I soon after gathered data on the fridge and recorded my findings of the space in relation to some of the components of the Curator’s Handbook ( such as, health and safety, lighting, shipping, frequency of change, etc.).