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六/6: Finding Meaning

The Expanded Exhibition and the Post-Pandemic World


How will artistic exhibitions function in the post-pandemic world? Visiting museums and galleries is a health hazard. 六/6: Finding Meaning is an attempt to offer an alternative. It embodies a novel exhibiting format called the expanded exhibition, which inhabits an expanded public space, between the physical and the digital. 六/6shows us that, once liberated spatially, exhibitions can be effective tools of meaning-making and social change even in a post-pandemic world. By exploiting the interplay between the digital and the physical domains, expanded exhibitions such as 六/6 can build alternatives of cultural production that can cope with social distancing, while being participatory, democratic with respect to access, and politically transformative by displacing the colonialist hierarchy center/periphery.

Pages:301 to 312
Section: Portfolio
How to Cite
Baldini, A. (2020) “六/6: Finding Meaning”, The Journal of Public Space, 5(4), pp. 301-312. doi:

Author Biography

Andrea Baldini is Associate Professor of Art Theory and Aesthetics at the School of Arts of Nanjing University and Director of the NJU Center for Sino-Italian Cultural Studies. He is also Delegate-at-large of the International Association of Aesthetics. A native of Italy, he studied as a Fulbright Fellow at the Department of Philosophy at Temple University in Philadelphia (USA), where he obtained a PhD (2014). He also holds a PhD (2011) in Texts Sciences from the University of Siena. Since 2015, he is also the coordinator of the Jinling Artist-in-Residence Program, whose aim is to promote cultural exchange between China and Italy. From 2014 to 2016, he was International Postdoctoral Exchange Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences at Nanjing University. He has published extensively on issues related to aesthetics, philosophy of art, and visual culture. Recent articles appeared in Contemporary Aesthetics and The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism. His monograph A Philosophy Guide to Street Art and the Law has been published by Brill. He is also an independent curator with international experience. His curatorial works focuses on issues emerging in cross-cultural contexts of artistic and aesthetic appreciation.


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