BELEXPO: a Serious Game Exhibition to Build the City of Tomorrow

I was in Brussels a few weeks ago. While everybody was heading to the BRAFA Art Fair during that weekend, I decided to visit BELEXPO: an exhibition about the city of tomorrow. BELEXPO is part of the BEL, an initiative of ‘Brussels Environment’, the government organisation which manages energy and the environment in Brussels and its surroundings. I was interested because of the interactive nature of BELEXPO. Targeted at children from 10 to 14 years old, the space is organized in neighborhoods, each describing a particular theme (nutrition, transport, …), all inviting the children to tackle a mission. A series…

Design or Curation?

This is an eternal question that I struggle to answer. When you make an exhibition, the answer seems theoretically obvious: both. It is as much curation as it is design. It is what you display as much as how you display it. However, when you look at who makes exhibitions and how the industry is organized, there are curators on one side and designers on the other. They might collaborate – even though it is not always the case – but are distinct. The question then stays: in practice, is there a choice to make between design and curation? This…