DECODE: Digital Art at the V&A

25 Jan

This weekend I popped down to the V&A (one of my favourite museums) for the DECODE exhibition – a collaboration with onedotzero. Digital technologies have provided advertisers with new opportunities, but this weekend I experienced how digital technologies are providing new tools for artists and designers. The exhibition featured  innovative and often interactive displays (and a few that were broken which seems somewhat typical…).

My favourite was the ‘Exquisite Clock’ by Fabrica. Exquisite Clock is based on the idea that time is everywhere and that people can share their vision of time. It’s a clock made of numbers taken from everyday life – seen, captured and uploaded by people from all over the world. It exists as a website, an iPhone app, and as a series of  installations.

Image via. And here’s a clip I found recorded on a mobile phone on YouTube.

Second up has to be ‘Videogrid‘ by Ross Phillips. Videogrid is an interactive video installation consisting of a grid of squares (5×5) which can each record a 1 second loop of film. Exhibition visitors can participate by recording a close-up section (which I did!). Therefore the installation becomes a constantly changing collorative artwork. Somebody uploaded this clip of themselves at the V&A.

So if you live in London and have some time to spare, pop down to the V&A. A short but worthwhile visit.

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3 Responses to “DECODE: Digital Art at the V&A”

  1. Silvan January 25, 2010 at 8:55 pm #

    ah, how funny. I went on Sunday and really enjoyed it. You can easily do the exhibition in an hour and the fun part is that it’s interactive, so you really engage with the installations.

    Would suggest you pre-book your tickets as there was a long queue.

  2. nicspic2608 January 26, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    Yeah I think I was in and out in 45 minutes!

    Really I didn’t queue at all? But I do recommend 2-4-1 tickets on Time Out

    http://www.timeout.com/london/timeout-free-events/tickets/event/id/242

  3. shane walter February 2, 2010 at 10:35 am #

    glad you enjoyed the show and thanks for going and blogging about it. the broken exhibits are a real frustration – they are not as you suspect from the tech breaking down at all. it is from visitors literally smashing the works. they take a long time to fix as you can imagine as they are one-offs. if you like this sign up to onedotzero newsletter for more like this.

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