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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/

Jameel Prize 3 exhibition 11 Dec 2013 – 21 April 2014

The Jameel Prize is an international award designed to highlight the production of contemporary art and design which has been inspired by Islamic traditions.

The Jameel Prize 3 winners, Dice Kayek, are a fashion house based in Istanbul whose collection of garments ‘Istanbul Contrast’, for which they won the prize, was inspired by the famous architectural sites of Istanbul.

Istanbul Contrast by Dice Kayek, Winner of Jameel Prize 3, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Istanbul Contrast by Dice Kayek, Winner of Jameel Prize 3, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

The garments in Istanbul Contrast bring to mind the famous domes of Istanbul’s historical mosques and are an example of how Islamic artistic styles can be applied to a range of mediums. The cross-application of aesthetics from one medium to another is much like the methods adopted by traditional Islamic artisans in the vast history of Islamic art. Traditional artists were more akin to craftsmen who were known to decorate varying items of differing materials using the same stylistic designs including ceramics, metalwork and wood.

Inspiration from the architecture of Istanbul is not new. A previous nomination in the 2009 short-list of the same prize included the work of jeweller Sevan Biçakçi who created miniature scenes of Istanbul in the form of rings.


Saray Burnu (Seraglio Point). 2005 Umut Kapısı (The Gate of Hope). 2007 Sevan Biçakçi

Saray Burnu (Seraglio Point), 2005
Umut Kapısı (The Gate of Hope), 2007
Sevan Biçakçi

All shortlisted nominations are featured in the current exhibition at  the Victoria and Albert Musuem, London on show until 21 April 2014.

Some of the featured work includes pieces which are digital in form such as the multi-media installations by Mounir Fatmi – Modern Times: A History of the Machine and Technologia. These installations are animated videos projected on to the walls supported by static noise audio.

Still from Mounir Fatmi's Modern Times: A History of the Machine, Jameel Prize 3 exhibition, V&A, London, 2013

Still from Mounir Fatmi’s Modern Times: A History of the Machine, Jameel Prize 3 exhibition, V&A, London, 2013

Another artist who made use of digital technology was Faig Ahmed who designed his carpets using computer software before having them hand-made in the traditional weaving method of Azerbaijan.

Hollow, Pixellate Tradition by Faig Ahmed, Jameel Prize 3 exhibition, V&A, London, 2013

Hollow, Pixellate Tradition by Faig Ahmed, Jameel Prize 3 exhibition, V&A, London, 2013

To see more of the striking artworks on show visit the V&A before the exhibition ends on 21 April 2014.

To learn more about the current exhibition:  http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-jameel-prize/

To learn more about the Jameel Prize: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/exhibitions/exhibition-jameel-prize/jameel-prize/