Graphic narratives in space

Illustration practices and comics as tools in exhibitions

19.09. - 20.09.2022

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19.09. - 20.09.2022


Museumsakademie Joanneum

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Karikaturmuseum Krems (AT)


190 €, reduced fee 140 € (The reduced fee is available to students, trainees, unemployed people, and employees of this year’s cooperation partners.)

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Graphic stories in the form of comics, cartoons, and graphic novels have long since made their way as pieces into museums—as art forms and integral parts of popular culture. What is relatively new, however, is that illustration itself has been found to be an alternative method of organising and displaying the content of exhibitions. The combination of text and image makes it possible to reduce complexity while at the same time retaining it. They signify accessibility and are capable of visually putting things in a nutshell. At the same time, they introduce a form of narration into the space that takes a specific angle, is intentionally not neutral, and enhances the usually object-centred story line of exhibitions. The workshop raises the question of graphic stories’ potential to narrate, educate, and design in space, and what challenges this poses to curators, designers, and educators? How do multimodal media that combine text and image function differently in space than on paper? How do they interact with other text elements and items in the exhibition space? How can graphic stories create polyphony, and how are they situated between fact and fiction? Working together, we would like to discuss and experimentally investigate which topics are suitable for an illustrative approach to exhibitions.

Yara Bartel Student, University of Art and Design Linz (AT)
Lisa Gmeindl Student, University of Art and Design Linz (AT)
Gottfried Gusenbauer Artistic Director, Caricature Museum Krems (AT)
Thorsten Heese Curator for Urban and Cultural History, Museumsquartier Osnabrück (DE)
Nathalie Jacobsen Research Associate, NS Documentation Centre Munich (DE)
Nikola Köhler-Kroath Educational Director CoSA - Centre of Science Activities and Children's Museum FRida & freD, Graz (AT)
Tanja Münichsdorfer Art Education, Kunstmeile Krems (AT)
Peng (Günter Mayer) Cartoonist, illustrator and book author (AT)
Horst Stein Visual artist, Vienna (AT)
Victoria Windtner Student, University of Art Linz (AT)

Organisers of the workshop
Barbara Margarethe Eggert Department of Art and Education, University of Art and Design Linz (AT)
Eva Tropper Management Team, Museumsakademie Joanneum, Graz (AT)