The wealthy program of the MeLa Final Event in Milano included the display of a Mela Exhibition, which was conceived as an opportunity for illustrating some of the main outcomes of the MeLa Project. The exhibition was set up in the School of Architecture at Politecnico di Milano. The display was articulated in different sections and distributed across various spaces. The path would start in the central hall of Building 11, where visitors would be welcomed, introduced to the MeLa Project topics and activities, and addressed to the two complementary sections.
Section I – MeLa Research by Design and Experimental Actions
Situated in the tunnel space facing the patio of the building, this section would illustrate the “Research by Design” and the “Experimental Actions” implemented by the MeLa Project in order to investigate new practices and methodologies for research in the field of Social Sciences and Humanities. Ranging within an heterogeneous array of experiences – e.g. curatorial and artistic practices related to exhibitions, events and performances, visitor studies, the implementation of ICT and augmented reality – these actions were conceived as innovative design-based research tools aimed to foster the cross-reference between theory and practice, to test the application of the Project’s theoretical outcomes, to measure their operational effectiveness, as well as to generate new stimuli for the research activities.
Section II – MeLa Critical Archive
Located inside the Central Library, this section would illustrate the aim, functioning and architecture the MeLa Critical Archive – the digital platform aimed at cohering, conveying and sharing the main investigations developed within the MeLa Project through a critical post-reflection. This multipurpose tool was developed to provide multiple possibilities in accessing the Project’s outcomes; contents can be browsed through an index, or explored through the main interface designed using the metaphor of a sky map, offering an unstructured navigation of the dossiers.
The exhibition remained on display from 21st January to 6th February 2015.