On the Map: The curation of 3D cartographies at ACMI

The question addressed:

Can the notion of spatial narratives and deep mapping be used to develop a more complex and non-binarial narrative structure for the representation of culture in international exhibitions produced at ACMI?

The aim:

The proposed research paper aims to demonstrate that spatial narratives and deep mapping can be used to develop more complex postcolonial organisational principles that present cultural production within a non-linear network.

The objective:

  • To used spatial narration and deep mapping to develop narrative structures that are akin to networks.
  • To add to the data research undertaken for the ACMI X project through the examination and comparison of international blockbusters with specific attention paid to narration.
  • To develop narrative approaches that speak to these statistics with the potential to implement them and strengthen future soft-power museum models.

Theoretical Framework:

  • Jean Baudrillard’s notion of the map as a tool to frame and as an entrance point into the historicism that ACMI performs as it proceeds/ maps out the discourse.
  • Giulio Camillo’s “Theatre of Memory” and Frances A. Yates interpretation in “Art and Memory.”
  • Joseph Nye’s notion of soft-power and Gail Dexter and Ngaire Blankenberg’s expansion in “Cities, Museums and Soft Power” for the museological field.
  • David J. Bodenhamer’s theorisation of deep mapping and spatial narration

Methodological Approach:

  • Collection and analysis of data statistics for the ACMI X project
  • Case studies of relevant blockbuster exhibitions and a comparison of attendance figures and costs with ACMI exhibitions such as Game Masters to establish the most successful and common characteristics.
  • Investigation of historicism of the Moving Image, institutions, and literature on international exhibition models and narration.

Comments

Great start, Eliza! The strongest component of your proposal is your targeted and well-thought theoretical framework which will inform the development of your specific research question and approaches. Also I love your focus on developing meaningful narrative around your case studies! I think this is where your research should begin and will eventually culminate once you collect statistical data!