Heath Ledger – a life in pictures

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Client

National Film and Sound Archive

Services

Exhibition/Installation
Digital

Sector

Cultural
Government

SUPERSENSE created a comprehensive modular exhibition system for the National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA). This equipped the institution with infrastructure to effectively utilise its variety of spaces for exhibitions programs. SUPERSENSE designed the ‘Heath Ledger: A Life in Pictures’ blockbuster exhibition for the system’s first use.

This exhibition required SUPERSENSE to address a two-fold brief: to restage an exhibition originally designed for a much larger space and enhance the story, curation and sense of Heath Ledger the person; and to create an exhibition system and kit of parts, in sympathy with the heritage building, that the NFSA could use for future exhibitions.

The double height space at the NFSA was full of opportunity and possessed unique ambience and heritage character which SUPERSENSE celebrated through the design of an “insert” system of displays that did not obscure historic details.

SUPERSENSE worked closely with curator Allison Holland to address the compression of the exhibition into a smaller space, and to complement the experience of exhibition themes, using a dynamic layout that suggested multiple journeys and did not prescribe a specific trajectory.

The goal was to create an intimate experience that spoke to the sensitive aspects of Ledger’s character. The exhibition layout allowed space for the visitor to reflect and a feeling of openness, facilitating an understanding of Ledger as a person for whom art was an integral part of life. SUPERSENSE introduced large-scale photographs, working with the curator to select images with a personal dimension, rather than classic movie shots. A dialogue between these images, objects, video and digital elements created an emotional context for objects.

An innovative, cost-effective custom linear lighting solution allowed the double height ceiling to remain unencumbered by a lighting rig and created a beguiling linear ‘strip of stars’ to surround the exhibition.

SUPERSENSE’s approach embodies an understanding of how to create beautiful, sculptural elements that not only sit comfortably within heritage and ‘quirky’ architectural spaces, but leverage spatial qualities to enhance the interpretive experience.

The hugely popular exhibition had 12,000 people pass through its doors in the first month since opening.

Curation

Allison Holland

Architectural collaborators

Chee Lam and Vania Contrerous

Lighting design

Benjamin Cisterne

Exhibition views photography

Grace Costa
SUPERSENSE restaged an exhibition evoking Heath Ledger's creative life and created an exhibition system and kit of parts for ongoing use.
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Integrating objects, video, and artwork the exhibition was an immersive journey through the life of Heath Ledger
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SUPERSENSE celebrated the unique heritage features of the space without detracting from the exhibition experience by creating an 'insert' display system.
SUPERSENSE restaged an exhibition evoking Heath Ledger's creative life and created an exhibition system and kit of parts for ongoing use.
+ Read More
Integrating objects, video, and artwork the exhibition was an immersive journey through the life of Heath Ledger
+ Read More
SUPERSENSE celebrated the unique heritage features of the space without detracting from the exhibition experience by creating an 'insert' display system.