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One and Other

I have found myself being reeled into the web that is ‘One and Other’.Antony Gormley’s project for the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square is certainly one like no other.Challenging, controversial: much of the surrounding debate is riveting; much is tedious. There is plenty of it about. To me the project speaks of an enormous act of faith – for all parties concerned. And particularly for the Artist. To give space, relinquish control, renders an artist vulnerable.

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World Beach – The Video

UPDATE: The video is now LIVE on YouTube and Vimeo ! Filming a few weeks ago… against the backdrop of the cross channel ferries…

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The Listening Gallery Part 2: Medieval to Baroque

By Stuart Frost Music was part of daily life in medieval and Renaissance Europe and talented musicians and composers were often as highly regarded or sought after as other artists. Music was an important art form in its own right. The central role of music in medieval and Renaissance culture is reflected in many objects […]

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Jane Dillon: Ahead of the Curve

Here's a pop quiz for you.When was this chair designed? If you guessed 'last year,' Idon't blame you. It's got a fashion-forward pinkness about it, and the combination of circle, curve and triangular wedge has the minimal snap of the latest out of Milan. Or perhaps you went for '1981'?I wouldn't blame you. The chair does look pretty postmodern, and even bears a passing resemblance to Peter Shire's iconic 'Bel Air' chair of that year. Both the mystery chair and Shire's Postmodern design have similarly disjunctive compositions, with curved, angular and round shapes smashed together. They are like almost-accidental masterpieces. …

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Performance Chambers

I'm currently on secondment 3 days a week to the V&AContemporary Team, while curating the '1:1' exhibition. Today we had an away day to Manchester to check out the Manchester International Festival. Huge range of things in the programme – installations, exhibitions, theatre etc. We were all very disappointed that we didn't manage to get tickets to see Punchdrunk's new production, It Felt Like A Kiss, but we still managed to scoot around Manchester and cover a fair amount of the Festival. We saw Gustav Metzger's Flailing Trees installation (21 up-ended willow trees set head-first into a sea of concrete)and …

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Practical Patchwork

I thought youmight be interested in some photographs of the V&A Patchwork Group! . One of the key aims of the exhibition is to inspire a new generation to take up their needles and enjoy making patchwork. We decided that we would practice what we preach and set up an internal Patchwork Group – open to anyone working at the V&A. We would meet once a week, on a Monday lunchtime, people would turn up when they could and spend an hour stitching, chatting and generally taking a break from their desks and the wretched computers which dominate our working …

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Omega: On and Off the Grid

The last time I blogged about an exhibition at the Courtauld Gallery, it was after the show had already closed. Not this time! Beyond Bloomsbury, an exhibition about the designs and decorative arts of the Omega Workshops, will be on view until 20 September, 2009. So there’s plenty of time to catch these early examples of […]

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Mounting and Fixing

By Stuart Frost There will be approximately one thousand and eight hundred objects for visitors to enjoy in the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries. Regular readers of this blog will know that object installation has been underway for sometime. As the opening of the galleries approaches rapidly, mounting and fixing has been coming ever closer to […]

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Photoplastic Protoplasm

The following is our first student 'guest post,' submitted by Ann Christie … enjoy! I’m one of the students on the MA in History of Design at the V&A/RCA and just starting to research textile production at the turn of the twentieth century for the dissertation next year. One of the sources for this research is the pattern books which survive in the archives of many textile manufacturers. Before I started research I imagined pattern books would generally equate to the manufacturers’ books of swatches a customer today can use to view a range of available fabrics. But in fact …

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Creating the Vision

This has been an exciting week for 'Project Team Quilts'! We have our 3D, 2D and lighting designers on board and are working closely with everyone to finalise the design concept. The creative aspect of mounting an exhibition is in many ways one of the most challenging but also immensely satisfying aspects of the project – particularly when faced with the inevitable budget cuts. Lively round table discussions focusing on the cost benefits of replacing plywood false walls with mdf, the possibility of incorporating fabric as opposed to solid panels and new and fresh ways of prsenting the text labels …

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