Review of Decode: Digital Design Sensations at the V&A, by Rob Myers

Decode: Digital Design Sensations at the V&A. Review by Rob Myers.

Decode: Digital Design Sensations at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) brings the state of the art in art computing to a venerable cultural institution. Everything from the posters and banners around town to the hoardings on the entrance to the gallery containing the show makes it clear that Decode is a serious cultural event. It’s a spectacle, a dark space alongside the well-lit galleries of the V&A, drawing you in with points of light and distant sounds. The crowds are reassuring for the popularity of art computing yet disconcerting for the experience of the art at times. The show is divided into three sections. Generative art, data visualisation, and interactive multimedia (or, as the catalogue puts it – Code, Network and Interactivity).

Decode: Digital Design Sensations
The Victoria and Albert museum, London
8 December 2009 – 11 April 2010

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