seven walks

3. Structure these points & 4. Decide how to distribute these points between the presentation and the accompanying handout.

I’m very tempted to skip this stage, but you’re all watching now so I shall try and do it properly…

I’m not even sure if I’m going to use a handout. There’s no real audience incentive to follow up on anything I say… Looking at the last section there doesn’t really seem to be much else other than the exhibition details that are suited to being put in writing. Everything else I want to say is required to go into the presentation itself.

The only thing that might help is for the audience to have a copy of the floor plan. But this would only be effective if I gave that out at the beginnng of the seminar and I’m keen to avoid handouts during the presentation if at all possible.

I think I ‘ll start by assuming I won’t use a handout, rather than assuming I will and then trying to crowbar content into it.

5. Build the powerpoint presentation Structure these points.

I’m ready to start assembling my thoughts into a presentation now, but I realised the first part of that was deciding what order I was going to present my points in.

I don’t think that grouping my points under the same headings as used in the brief will make for an engaging presentation. Instead I am going to try and introduce some narrative and describe things room by room. That way the audience will be located in this space I’m trying to describe and we can build up on layers of details in one place at a time. I think this will work well with the visual resources: rather than flicking through several slides to illustrate a single point with different examples, I can give my audience a single image which they can retain in their mind’s eye as I talk about that space.

I’m going to start developing my structure by doing an imaginary walk-through and just jotting down the things I noticed that relate to the exhibition as I move through it.

The location

Portman Square in the centre of London.

Affluent area, large buildings, park in the middle of the square.

House rented speciffically for the show.

Links well visually to the film about the railings.

Slightly unsure as to whether I had the right place: large, closed door with only a small sandwichboard announcing the exhibition.

The hallway

Large space housing only the reception desk.

Reception desk staffed and sells DVDs, books etc also distributes other Artangel promotional material.

Small ‘poster’ in corner gives brief info about the show and credits the sponsors. Not too flashy, furniture has all been donated.

The room with the table

Most obvious room to walk into is the one on the right.

Use of period furniture and colour scheme.

Looks and feels like a house that is no longer inhabited. A bit tatty. Paint damaged and peeling slightly. No homely touches. Old style furniture seems a bit inconcruous, but fits right in at the same time.

Very little in the way of nods to the white-cube gallery aesthetic. Green walls; picture frames are unpainted MDF; lighting prvided by standard lamps.

A collection of ring-binders at one end of the table documents process and references for different projects. Visitors are able to just leaf through these. Chairs are provided but nobody seems confident enough to sit down and settle down for a good read.

Drawings (arranged haphazardly) are taped to the tabletop and then protected by a covering of glass. Quite a different feeling to be looking down on these items rather than having them presented on a wall at eye-level.

Gives a good overall feeling of the different works/walks that have been undertaken.

Lots of space. Things aren’t competing with eachother.