Regarding the tutor’s report on the last assignment, I completely agree with the assessments on how to present the work: although the images of simulated exhibitions that I have included have the potential to illustrate the intention of the work and the text, they are a little far from what should be the practical result of the assignment. In fact, I had that feeling too and decided to include a “bonus track” in the online version of the assignment. It is a video that goes through the Instagram account showing the 60 images that comprise the work. Although I looked for a way to make the scroll a little softer, there are some jumps and shakes that can be annoying to the viewer.
Also, this bonus track is a bit out of context in the fifth assignment, as it doesn’t add anything to the arguments discussed in the essay. At most it could be to illustrate the conclusion of the fourth assignment.
Determined to improve the viewer’s experience I searched for software tools that would allow me to simulate the exhibition in a more realistic way. The first attempt was to use open source code to simulate an 3D exhibition space using HTML:
Although the result looked promising, this code had obvious limitations and did not significantly improve the experience. It presented a series of cubicles with 8 images each, but it did not have an intuitive navigation nor did it allow to interact with each one of the exhibited works.
Having discarded this option, I looked for a more specialized solution for gallery design and certainly found some payment options:
Commercial online tool that in its free version allows up to 10 artworks. Discarded for being insufficient and also the interface was a bit difficult to handle for the viewer.
This is not an online tool. Rather, it is a company that offers 3D consulting and design services for galleries, museums and art institutions. They talk about a standalone version of the tool for Windows and Mac, but there is no possibility to test it.
Professional option that offers a result of a very surprising and realistic quality. They quote by size of the room and for an exhibition of 60 works the cost is about 60 dollars a month.
Free online tool that allows you to create virtual galleries of any size (limited to a space of 32 x 32 meters). Its use is intuitive and there are 5 tutorials on Youtube that offer a tour of the main features of the tool in less than half an hour. It has many options to customize the space and the way the works are arranged. The exhibitions created can be shared publicly in a space similar to that of a social network.
You can visit the exhibition online at this address:
Recorded video visit: