Garden Stories 2014

Temporary Exhibition   |   Project Duration: 8 months   |   Client: Bexley Heritage Trust   |   Budget: £3,500   |   Area: 12sqm

Concept diagram

Brief: Hall Place is a part-Tudor, part Jacobean, country house on the outskirts of Bexley Village. The Gardens belongs to Hall Place and is open to the public. The brief asked us to curate and design an exhibition about the history of the Gardens.

 

Concept: The exhibition echoed the visitors' voices and unfolded their stories using audiovisual elements. The audience would go back to a boarding school in 19th century England with a child’s letter to their parents, to a soldier breaking the German’s Enigma code during World War II. 

Finally, the recordings take you to a more personal experience with the other visitors and become a way for people to remember and share some of their best memories of these gardens while creating new ones.

 

Group members: Caroline, Ching Wei, Laura, Praneti, Vanessa, and Yihe.

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Bexley Hall Place
Bexley Hall Place
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Mapping
Mapping

Using social media platforms Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, etc. we mapped visitors' memories in the gardens. Events like birthday parties, weddings, proposals or a just a weekend picnic.

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Concept diagram
Concept diagram
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The Memory Collecting Tree
The Memory Collecting Tree

We made a Memory Collecting tree using PVC pipes which traveled around the Gardens for a month listening to the visitors and documenting their stories.

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Garden visitors
Garden visitors
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Exhibition Logo
Exhibition Logo
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Garden Stories Exhibition
Garden Stories Exhibition

The Memory Collecting Tree was moved inside Hall Place during the exhibition to playback the memories recorded over the summer.

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An exhibition visitor hearing the recorded memories.

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Timeline
Timeline

A historic timeline of the Gardens was displayed on panels around the tree.

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Research
Concept development
Design
Content generation
Vendor sourcing