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Astronauts only change their underwear once every 5 days – Day 2 of Thinking Digital 2014

Sitting through the 2nd day of the Thinking Digital conference at Sage Gateshead was rather like settling down in front of the latest Hollywood blockbuster. With presentations ranging from virtual reality, disease and money to lunar architecture, blood, and the rise of machines, by people with job titles such as Lunar Architect and Machine Educator, it […]

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‘Our Power is in the Street’. American Posters of the 1960’s

  At University I was instructed to use the internet with caution- fine to look up a date or person on Wikipedia but never cite it as a source or rely on a Google search to provide all the answers. However whilst researching the backgrounds of the modern protest posters for the display A World […]

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Going away outfits

Before it reached London, ‘Wedding Dresses 1775-2014’ was part of the V&A’s touring exhibition programme. Over four years, it was shown in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. While new pieces have been added to the displays of the exhibition in its current incarnation, some garments from the tour have now returned to us in order […]

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Digital Kids at the Shakespeare Festival

“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players.”  (As You Like It, Act II Scene VII) Over the Easter holidays this apt quote became a reality but it was the kids in the museum who became the performers, playwrights, set designers and directors! As part of the Digital Kids activities […]

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Liam asks “What is your ideal museum design?” & take away your own piece of the V&A

Have you ever thought about what the best design for a museum would be? On Saturday our Exhibition Road Drawing Resident Liam O’Connor asked the children who visited his gallery demonstration how they would design their ideal museum. While the kids got creative Liam chatted with the adults about his work that is being inspired […]

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Drawing Shakespeare at the V&A

Shakespeare continues to be an inspiration for people from all walks of life, all around the world. This was reflected in the diverse programme of the V&A’s Shakespeare Festival, as well as in the creative responses to the Festival events themselves. Siân Schiaparelli, artist and illustrator, captured the Festival in a number of beautiful sketches […]

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Revealed: Creating undergarments for a Gucci dress

The Peek-a-Boo evening dress, so called because of its revealing cut out feature and provocatively low neckline, was designed by Tom Ford for Gucci’s Autumn/Winter 2004/5 collection, Ford’s last collection for Gucci. The dress is made of white silk jersey and gathers the plunging neckline with the help of a round ornament with two dragon’s […]

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Michael Schmidt (1945-2014)

It was with immense sadness that we learned of the death of the great Berlin art photographer Michael Schmidt on Saturday 24 May. Three days previously he was awarded the Prix Pictet for Lebensmittel, his monumental exploration of the food industry. The award was presented in his absence by Kofi Annan at the Victoria and […]

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Why conserve Plastics?

So then, Plastics… Why do we need to conserve things that we have been told last for hundreds of years in rubbish dumps? Well it turns out that some plastics don’t last that long at all! In fact rather than thousands of years we can be talking about very short lengths of time. The key […]

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Week 9: Leda and the Neon

Has Greek mythology ever disappointed in delivering absurd story lines? Not that we can think of. Take for instance Leda and the Swan, the classic tale of Zeus appearing in the form of a swan to seduce Leda. Although the story has been depicted by many artists and in different form over the years, our attention was caught […]

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