Now in its sixth year, the Digital Design Weekend brings together artists, designers, engineers, technologists and the public to celebrate and share contemporary digital art and design, engage in conversations, and learn about processes.
Designers and artists take over the Museum with interactive installations, digital projects, performances, talks, open workshops, labs and family-friendly activities taking place around the building, exploring engineering, making and collaboration.
The Digital Design Weekend coincides with the London Design Festival at the V&A and is part of the V&A Engineering Season.
Over the weekend we will be showcasing a huge programme of cutting edge, international projects, including:
- Pattern Recognition, a visually arresting performance involving a system of moving lights that can track and intelligently respond to the dancers it observes by Alexander Whitley Dance Company in collaboration with Memo Akten. Free, booking essential: https://shop.vam.ac.uk/whatson/index/view/id/3228/event/Pattern-Recognition/dt/2016-09-25/eType/1/free/2
- Altered Beauty, a Virtual Futures Salon chat with Viktoria Modesta (Bionic Multimedia Artist) on modern identity, tech fashion and science innovation.
- SelfReflector, an internet connected mirror able to calculate your age and play music from when you were a teenager.
- A series of interactive installations - in partnership with Ars Electronica Linz and the Austrian Cultural Forum -by KairUs art collective, Stefan Tiefengraber, Jochen Zeirzer, Yen Tzu Chang, Verena Mayrhofer and Dawid Liftinger.
- Bento Lab, a DNA analysis laboratory that can be taken anywhere.
- Silk Leaf by Exhibition Road Engineering Resident Julian Melchiorri, the first man-made biological leaf prototype which harnesses natural photosynthesis to convert carbon dioxide into breathable oxygen.
- The GyroGlove, a life changer device that stabilizes hand tremors using beautifully simple gyroscope technology.
- How to Build a Water Filter: A DIY Tutorial From the Future, a home-made water filter by Vytautas Jankauskas that becomes a symbol of resistance in a future, where limited access to a vital resource becomes part of our identity.
- a selection of projects from Wheatstone Innovation Lab at King's College London, including internet-connected enamelled automata, hyperuniform- patterned glass and digitally-embroidered muscle sensors.
- Current Table by Caventou, an intelligent living object that uses the property of colour to convert light into energy, like plant photosynthesis.
- and many more! You can find the full programme here: https://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/vamshop/wysiwyg/Digital_Design_Weekend_Programme_.pdf
The Weekend will include many protoyping events and workshops, such as the Open IoT Design Sprint with Mozilla Open IoT Studio & collaborators (Met Office Informatics Lab, Women Hack for Non Profits, BBC R&D, Grace Quintanilla/Centro de Cultura Digital, The Open University & MAKLab Limited, Future Cities Catapult, How To Build Up, Uniform and more) to make & share prototypes that serve local communities & celebrate the unique affordances of physical places; a Biosynth workshop to introduce basic electronics and biology interactions by Andreas Siagian from Indonesia's Lifepatch; a Storm Laboratory with Loop.ph, as well as a hydroponic system workshop, an co-design performance workshop and many more.
There is lots for young people and families to enjoy, including, a Build Your Own Pavilion Young Architects Challenge by the Serpentine Galleries and Kidesign challenging budding young architects to design the pavilions of the future; Scan the World by MyMiniFactory, inviting families to help scan the V&A's collections and see 3D printers in action; a Tanglebot workshop with unruly robots, wool, Lego and Raspberry PIs, as well as many family-friendly installations and other activities.
All events are free and drop-in, and available on a first come, first served basis.
For the full programme please visit:
A publication, supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, with contributions by all participants, will be distributed free duing the event.
Viktoria Modesta, http://www.viktoriamodesta.com
Virtual Futures, http://www.virtualfutures.co.uk
Michaela Davies, http://www.michaeladavies.net
Alexander Whitley Dance Company & Memo Akten, www.alexanderwhitley.com
This Happened, www.thishappened.org
Michael Burton & Michiko Nitta, www.burtonnitta.co.uk
Machine Wilderness, http://machinewilderness.net
Jochen Zeirzer, http://www.jochen_zeirzer.public2.linz.at/index.html
Jayne Wallace, Jon Rogers, Pete Thomas, Mike Shorter and Richard Cook, http://productresearch.dundee.ac.uk/
Julian Melchiorri, www.julianmelchiorri.com
Yen Tzu Chang, http://www.changyentzu.com
The High Altitude Bioprospecting Team, http://unnecessaryresearch.tumblr.com/IFC
Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico City
Stefan Tiefengraber, http://www.stefantiefengraber.com
Linda Kronman & Andreas Zingerle (KairUs art collective), http://kairus.org
Yuko Mohri, http://mohrizm.net
University of Nottingham & Royal College of Art
Tanglebots, Lovebytes, FoAM Kernow, Weaving Codes, http://kairotic.org/a-tanglebots-workshop-report/
Mozilla Open IoT Studio, https://github.com/openiotstudio
Met Office Informatics Lab, http://www.informaticslab.co.uk
Women Hack for Non Profits, http://www.womenhackfornonprofits.com
The Open University & MAKLab Limited, http://maklab.co.uk
Future Cities Catapult, http://futurecities.catapult.org.uk
How To Build Up, http://howtobuildup.org
Andreas Siagian / Lifepatch, http://lifepatch.org
Matt Pope and Alex Nash
Vytautas Jankauskas, http://montague.lt
Wheatstone Innovation Lab, http://www.inf.kcl.ac.uk/staff/mhoward/#.V6fBzmMaf0c
The GyroGlove, http://gyrogear.co
Bento Bioworks Ltd, http://www.bento.bio
Rob Toulson & Jerry Fleming, http://www.robtoulson.com
The Great Steampunk Game Jam
Ironbridge Institute, University of Birmingham, http://www.ironbridge.org.uk
Veronica Ranner, www.polyphonicfutures.com
Build Your Own Pavilion, Serpentine Galleries and Kidesign, buildyourownpavilion.serpentinegalleries.org
Verena Mayrhofer, http://verenamayrhofer.at
Dawid Liftinger, http://dawidliftinger.com
Instruments of the Afterlife, Michael Burton and Michiko Nitta, V&A Digital Design Weekend 2015
Hola Goldberg!, Centro de Cultura Digital, Mexico City
Bento Lab Kickstarter model with Tutorial Kit
Let's Talk Business, Linda Kronman & Andreas Zingerle (KairUs art collective)