The Ligatures of Life: The Design and the 'Difficult' Exhibition

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The role of the designer within exhibition design is one of 'double-ended' interpretation - we interpret materials that are provided to us, as well as those we create with the design process. In the case of 'difficult' exhibitions - this is, those that contain information related to genocide, gender violence, contested histories, war or death - the interpretive role of the designer must also address the representation of vulnerable people and communities. In this paper, I discuss my research in this field, which has included the development of the Critical Hermeneutics, Social Semiotics and Multimodality (CHaSSMM) Model of Analysis. I explain how this method of interpretation has supported the design of the exhibition, "Ferguson Voices: Disrupting the Frame", a Moral Courage project by PROOF: Media for Social Justice and the University of Dayton's Human Rights Center.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 11 Nov 2020
EventFourteenth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices - Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, United States
Duration: 11 Nov 202013 Nov 2020
Conference number: 14


ConferenceFourteenth International Conference on Design Principles and Practices
Abbreviated titleAdvocacy in Design: Engagement, committment and action
Country/TerritoryUnited States
OtherConference moved to November 11-13 from March 16-18. Dates changed on event record.
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