RMIT Gallery has won the 2012 Museums Australia Multimedia and Publication Design Award for its catalogue on three intriguing exhibitions featuring RMIT University staff and alumni.
The award, presented at the MAPDA Awards ceremony in Adelaide, acknowledges the outstanding work undertaken by RMIT Gallery for its small catalogue - Chelle Mcnaughton: Spatial Listening; Ainslie Murray: Intangible Architecture; Malte Wagenfeld: Aesthetics of Air.
The three exhibitions, curated by RMIT Gallery Director Suzanne Davies, were held in April and May last year. They explored the role of light, air and sound in contemporary architectural space.
Ms Davies said the award was a public testament to RMIT's commitment to design excellence.
"There was a challenge in capturing these ephemeral qualities in a catalogue, which the design achieved with outstanding results," she said.
The MAPDA judges said that the catalogue, designed by Ian Robertson (Ian Robertson Graphic Art & Design) was "…beautifully simple with great harmonious colouring".
The catalogue featured the industrial designer Malte Wagenfeld, Program Director of Industrial Design at RMIT.
His series of installations used lasers and fog to provide a glimpse into the stunning complexity and beauty of air.
Works by artist Chelle Macnaughtan, who has a PhD in Architecture from RMIT, featured a series of etchings, photographs and a floor-based collection of etched black aluminium panels that revealed her engagement with music and architecture, focusing on spatial listening.
Munich-based Sydney architect and artist Ainslie Murray harnessed light and shadows in her works to point to a new way of understanding architectural space and the way we move through it.
As part of the exhibition public programs, renowned Sydney musicologist Richard Toop gave a talk at RMIT Gallery exploring mid-20th century electronic and instrumental music and its relationship with architecture.