New Decade Part I: Decode @ V&A London
My trip back to London is always brief and a cruel battle with jetlag, it was well worth it for family and the fact that no other city in the world has inspired me so much every time, from the unique greyscale cityscape to the newest technology and design. Here are some of the highlights.
A belated catch-up/work meeting with Shane Walter from OneDotZero festival, Sammy and I met Shane at the ICA 7 years ago. It was amazing to see the festival progressed over the years, and Jellymon from London to Shanghai and Beijing. We were granted tickets to see OneDotZero’s current collaborated exhibition with V&A Museum.
It was an eye-opening show, Decode showcases the newest developments in digital and interactive design, from small, screen-based, graphics to large-scale interactive installations. A beautiful marriage of digital technology and moving images.
The exhibition explores three themes:
Code presents pieces that use computer code to create new works and looks at how code can be programmed to create constantly fluid and ever-changing works.
This is the sound-reactive Dune by Daan Roosegaarde (photo: Daan Roosegaarde) which visitors to Decode pass through on their way into the show.
Interactivity looks at works that are directly influenced by the viewer. Visitors will be invited to interact with and contribute to the development of the exhibits.
My Facorite was Daniel Rozin’s Weave Mirror, he used 768 motorized laminated c-shaped prints which go from light to dark. The user stands in front of a screen: the shadow they cast behind them is then translated into a ghostly portrait on the Weave Mirror as each element whirrs and clanks into place acting as a mechanical pixel.
Network focuses on works that comment on and utilize the digital traces left behind by everyday communications and looks at how advanced technologies and the internet have enabled new types of social interaction and mediums of self-expression.
This one speaks universally, let the kisses spread.