Within the act of exhibit, there’s a subtle interplay between what comes before, what follows, and what happens in the moment. This suggests that elements like invitations, flyers, catalogues, and documentation are not merely auxiliary to the exhibition, but rather, they fundamentally shape its essence.
Suppose we were to obtain views of the exhibition captured during the artwork’s installation, and we mingled these with images of the finished exhibition. The image, as the lone testament to the layout, sets off a sort of temporal echo, which can rewrite or influence what the exhibition was or might have been upon completion.
This is evident in the silent images found within our art history books.
Every time we cast our eyes over a work of art from the past, we’re not actually seeing the artwork itself. Instead, our gaze aligns, in that moment, with the eye of the photographer, burdened with their interpretative choices and sparked into action by our own anticipations.
S.1 Act of Exhibition: Auxiliary Elements (Invitations, Flyers, Catalogues, Documentation) <——-> History of the Exhibition
S.2 Artistic Temporal Echo: Artwork Installation views <——-> Viewer’s Anticipations and Interpretative Choices <——-> Historical Permanence of the Exhibition