It is impossible to convey every single story and fact that the exhibition designer knows into limited space. I knew this though, it was painful to diminish or delete what I knew and what I wanted to deliver to visitors. It is because, in my opinion, the exhibition should not be a kind of an encyclopedia that simply lists facts in a boring way. Rather, it should be a medium dragging public to interact with and pay attention to the stories. When I asked Alex what is the “important” or “valuable” facts that should be shown for visitors, his answer was “the stories that the visitors can be connected to or sympathize with.” It’s still abstract but gave me a new insight.
While I was looking for valuable pictures that would be used for the exhibition, I had to deal with Past Perfect again. Well, looking for artifacts and pictures through the program was much more pleasant than finding the real stuff in storages and archives. Even though I could find the accession numbers, I could not figure out where they were. Things that I was looking for were usually not in the place where Past perfect said they should be!! I was so annoyed and I’m sure I ate a bunch of dirt in the storage :D… After more than 3 hours of hiding and seek in the dusty storage, I gave up looking for things and just scanned pictures from old newspapers in the archives. Whenever I could find out the things and see and touch them, it was like digging out some treasures.