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.