Tag Archives: Digital

Digital Art & Design at the V&A, London

The V&A has for some time been collecting and exhibiting digital/computer art, including interactive installations. I came across a video of an exhibition that took place at the V&A in 2009. The great thing about online documentation of events, collections and knowledge is that it can be found at any point in time (assuming it is still accessible) for those who may have missed a specific event or moment of it’s first being shared in a physical space.

Decode: Digital Design Sensations:

Read more about digital art and design activities, past and present,  on the V&A website: http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/d/digital-art-and-design/

Introduction to Arduino

A practical workshop where you can learn basic methods for producing interactive design using Arduino will be hosted at the V&A on 27 June 2015! To book click here >
(tickets cost £80/£64 concession)

If you are not so keen on spending the £80 needed to book the V&A workshop then why not try a bit of self-learning? There are tonnes of videos and tutorials to be found online.

What is Arduino?
“an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple microcontroller board, and a development environment for writing software for the board”. In other words, a circuit system that connects to a power source (either your computer or even a battery) and other devices based on your needs. You can, for example, connect sensors to your board to detect certain aspects of the environment (such as sound or movement) and then have this converted into data to manipulate as you wish. You can use the Arduino coding environment (download it from their website here: http://www.arduino.cc/en/Main/Software) or a coding environment such as Processing to produce particular actions based on variables within the gathered data.

Learn more about Arduino here: http://www.arduino.cc/en/Guide/Introduction

Check out demos and tutorials on the Processing website to get you started:   https://processing.org/tutorials/

Digital workshops and drop-in sessions in London

If you’re looking for opportunities to learn more about Digital art, design, technology and innovation then the following workshops and drop-in sessions in London may be just for you. Best of all, they’re free!

Digital workshop – The British Museum’s Innovation Lab. Sunday 21 June, 11.00–16.00
Find out more here >

Digital Design Drop-in – Victoria and Albert Museum’s Sculpture Room 21a. Saturdays, 26 April, 24 May, 21 June 13.00 – 16.00
Find out more here >

Read more about Digital Art & Design on the V&A’s website: http://www.vam.ac.uk/page/d/digital-art-and-design/

A Hidden Order

I had the opportunity to attend the private view and launch of A Hidden Order at the Princes School of Traditional Arts. The project is a collaboration between geometer Sama Mara and composer Lee Westwood who have created a digital method for producing Islamic geometric patterns using sound.

The design of the patterns were projected showing how the pattern built up further and further based on the composition of the musical sounds. Each key or note was interpreted by a program that would then convert the sound to form part of a colour and shape system. The programming was meticulously developed by Sama Mara but the development interface plays a hidden role in the final display of the artwork.

Read more about the project on the official website here: www.musicalforms.com/

Projection from live performance of A Hidden Order by Sama Mara and Lee Westwood

Projection from live performance of A Hidden Order by Sama Mara and Lee Westwood

Once the patterns have been generated they can be seen as standalone visuals. These were exhibited as digital prints along the walls at the PSTA.

Print generated from A Hidden Order

Print generated from A Hidden Order


A brief introduction – I am pursuing research at University of Kent on the topic of contemporary Islamic art in Britain and the use of digital technologies by artists within this art scene.

The study aims to understand the contemporary Islamic art scene from the perspective of artists, curators and the general public.

Alongside this will be an investigation into whether digital technologies are being adopted by these artists and if so, in which ways? Digital technologies can be used in a number of ways so I’ll be keeping the term ‘use‘ quite open. It will therefore apply to those artists who adopt digital technologies for not only producing but also presenting and curating their artworks.

I’m keen to hear public thoughts on this or related topics so please feel free to get in touch!

In the meantime, keep an eye out for new posts which will demonstrate the subject areas that will feed into, inform and shape the developments in my research.