day 2 of installation was a bit more stressful than the first. I think the realisation has hit that this is actually my exhibition. A physical representation of things, ideas and research that I’m interested in and fascinated by. The objects being installed range from Luna imagery to a drawer full of tropical flies. And they all look stunning. But I’m still really worried about my labels. Lots of people stopped to have a look today and asked questions about what the objects were and they had a personal interpretation filled with plenty of Claire’s brand of enthusiasm for each object. The only problem being I don’t seem to be able to distil my enthusiasm into label form. It’s the age old problem in museums. It would be great to have an enthusiastic knowledgeable curator next to each object, providing their unique interpretation to the visitor. But that just isn’t viable.
I’m really concerned that my labels don’t live up to the objects and that they don’t capture my passion for the subject either.
The brilliant Phil Holmes suggested that I embody my inner David Attenborough. I did try and explain a early electric meter as David Attenborough would explain a naked mole rat. But it turns out unfortunately I am no David Attenborough. I’m going to tweaking the labels as we continue to install to see if I can improve them a bit. That is one of the absolutely fantastic things about having an exhibition which only used digital interpretation. There is no problem with tweaking labels right up to the last minute as they don’t need to be printed out or mounted! The interpretation can even change throughout the course of the exhibition lifetime! Brilliant.