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First, there’s a room you can see THROUGH the glass… 19
THE GREAT EXHIBITION - MIGRATE EXHIBITION
exhibit (ig-zib’it) v. To show or display, esp. to public view. –-n. 1. An act of exhibiting. 2. SOMETHING exhibited. 3. SOMETHING introduced…
(The American Heritage Dictionary 246).
FIGURE 5.15.1 851: THE CRYSTAL PALACE: THE GREAT EXHIBITION OF 1851, LONDON.
NEITHER CRYSTAL NOR A PALACE, IT WAS A BAZAAR - BIZARRE (OLALAQUIAGA 32).
The revival and modernization of glass during the nineteenth century became crucial in paving the way for a novel kind of visual display. Prior to the resurgence of glass, visual display predominantly remained secondary to the function of the work. The innovative use of sheet glass in pane windows and vitrine cases promoted something new: a highly voyeuristic, optical sensibility for the viewer to become engaged with. Objects now finding themselves set apart from the tangible world though the distance of a pane of glass were suddenly transformed into “things worthy of the viewer’s higher attention” (Olalaquiga 30-31). To this day, the manner in which a work positions itself through the sensibility of visual display remains crucial to the viewer’s experience of the exhibited work. A work that positions itself in plain sight, for example, may announce itself too readily and in actuality be overlooked. Presentations that are calculated and considered can leave the viewer with a stronger impression of the displayed work. The possibilities of visual display are fruitful. Equally, the objects of consumer culture hardly remain grounded in a fixed place; they move or can be moved, and they most often will be over time. And as we consider the position of a placed work, we could all together consider where else it could possibly position itself, or where it came from, or where it is headed. The work remains caught in a chain, and its readability depends on its position in this chain (Bourraid 13). Circulating form place-to-place, we can work toward establishing a trajectory in both position and of thought.
…the second thing is to find my way… 20