in.sitecollaborative was brought into the Philadelphia Assembled Project by Jeanne van Heeswijk in February 2017. We were tasked with working on a city panorama mural that would be the backdrop to the exhibition when the project finally entered the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This city panorama mural was to visualize the journey of this 3 year project that included 160+ collaborators by mapping resistance and resilience across time, place, and people - amplifying an alternative narrative of how Philadelphia has and continues to transform. This is just one part of the full exhibit that has taken over the Perelman Building including all the gallery spaces, cafe, auditorium, and outdoor patio.
With direction from Jeanne, we began researching precedents for interactive exhibition designs and delving into any Project documentation that existed to learn about the conversations, meetings, philosophies, activities, interconnections that were taking place over the 3 years of the project. While we presented a framework for visualizing concept design, the final panels and content went through many iterations, as conversations with the core mural team and presenting to the Project Collaborators at different stages shaped the final output. Throughout the process, in.site focused on the historical multi-scalar timeline and mapping data, as Bri and Charlyn illustrated the stories and themes of each atmosphere. Jason was the lead designer who brought all of our work together into the panels that are displayed with Janneka.
Concept Design • Historical Research • Mapping Data
This was an intensive collaboration between many partners that took place across states, at times even continents, with each of us often working quite remotely. It was an amazing use of technology in a beautiful way that allowed people of different skills and talents to work together in a productive and meaningful way toward a common goal.
The full exhibit is open in the Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art from September 9, 2017 until December 10, 2017. The exhibit will be activated with programming throughout the fall. Stay tuned for workshops we will facilitate with our mural team collaborators. Reach out if you would like to use the city panorama mural as a tool for a workshop.