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Glastonbury Festival: A Patchwork of Film and Sound

The Binaural sound tent at Glastonbury Festival

How do you capture and preserve the essence of a festival which spans 900 acres with thousands of performers, entertaining audiences of over 120,000 on site, watched on TV by millions? The V&A has been documenting and collecting stories and imagery from this year’s festival which will become part of the Glastonbury archive and will […]

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MuseumNext 2014 – APPS v WEB and other digital grudge matches

Image fo Sumo wrestler with Grudge Match on chest

Apps or web? Is data the friend of users or creepy intrusion? Does project envy lead to closed thinking or can we learn from others? These are just a few of the museum technology-management topics getting some lively exchanges recently in Newcastle/Gateshead, at the ever-stimulating MuseumNext. These are not new debates, even for museums, but thinking has evolved with museum products and services over […]

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Staging the Spectacular at Glastonbury Festival

The Spider

As the sun set over Worthy Farm thunderstorms filled the skies and provided a dramatic backcloth to the Glastonbury stage. With nightfall the festival became a playground of light, movement and sound where following the Glastonbury tribes was a rich, powerful, synaesthetic experience. We encountered performances that were epic and spectacular and some that were […]

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Placards and Pride in Russia

This double-sided placard is one of a series of placards made by radical queer marchers at a protest rally on February 4 th, 2012, where the LGBT flag appeared for the first time at a political demonstration.

Today over 20,000 people will participate in Pride, one of London’s largest events celebrating the LGBT community.  This year organizers have chosen the theme Freedom to…. , an idea closely tied to one of the placards in our exhibition ‘Disobedient Objects’. This placard formed part of a spontaneous 2012 exhibition in Moscow, after President Vladimir Putin’s […]

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Pop the Question

Katie Shillingford's veil designed by Stephen Jones

  Thank you all so much for taking part in the Q&A this week – you came up with some really interesting and satisfyingly tricky questions. For now, I have posted your answers as replies in the comment section below. If the website is not behaving itself, they may not appear in the right order, […]

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From Green Futures to Shangri-la

Green Futures at Glastonbury

Putting up your tent in the rain at Glasto feels like a festival rite of passage, a great induction test to archiving one of the greatest cultural phenomena of our time. A huge amount of respect and admiration goes to all the talented, creative and organised teams of people who make the whole festival possible. […]

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Week 13: Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue

© The T/shirt Issue

3D scanning is essentially taking a multitude of photos around an object, recording reality in a slightly reduced form. The direct visible result of a scan has a certain aesthetic appeal but can’t quite be compared to what you would achieve with a regular camera. The benefits of a 3D scan actually lie below the surface, in the […]

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The V&A and Glastonbury Festival – Sounds bizarre?

Hippies and their horse at the first festival

If you search the V&A’s collections for ‘Glastonbury’ you get an earthenware bowl, a woollen coat, a pair of chairs by the great 19th-century designer Pugin and some atmospheric photographs of the ruined Abbey. No famous musicians, no maps of stages and loos, no protest posters, no wellies, no mud. All that is about to […]

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Intoart meets with Liam O’Connor

Liam talks to the Intoart group about his work related to the Exhibiton Road construction site. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Last week our Exhibtion Road Drawing Resident, Liam O’Connor, met with a group from Intoart who are currently spending time at the V&A to get inspiration from the collections for their own drawing projects. Some of the group are interested specifically in architecture so it was a great oppurtunity to share ideas and look at […]

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CDOs, the new Chief Electrical Officers?

Sunset over the River Tyne, Newcastle © Kati Price

  It’s the beginning of the twentieth century, and you own a small factory in Wallsend, up the river Tyne from Newcastle. You’re considering whether to ditch the steam engines and get your factory plugged into Charles Merz’s new Neptune Bank Power Station, the UK’s first electrical power distribution system, based on Nikola Tesla’s discoveries […]

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