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Glastonbury: A Living Installation

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The last five days at Worthy Farm in Somerset were a midsummer night’s dream. With Friday’s empty slot on the Pyramid Stage remaining a mystery, the festival site was alive with rumour and expectation. Secret gigs and underground clubs were on everyone’s lips and despite the unsettling character of the festival’s micro-climate (blazing sunshine one moment […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 102

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day 102 Breaking from Sunday tradition, I only noticed the full breadth of this shop yesterday so it had to go in today.  Vintage Clothes, Records and Europe’s largest gay sauna.  Well done London you are truly fantastic! ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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Inside Voices, a performance in process by music resident Liam Byrne

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    Booking has opened for Inside Voices, Liam Byrne’s performance in process inside Trajan’s Column! Between 23 and 28 June, Liam will invite members of the public to join him inside the magnificent Victorian plaster cast of Trajan’s Column, where he will be giving a series of short performances of Baroque music for one […]

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‘Glastonbury : Land and Legend’ opens in Prague

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The fourth and final day of install was spent doing final tweaks before the doors opened at 7pm for the official opening of ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend.’ A final touch was added to the foyer – seven retro Czech TVs were set up to show footage of the rolling countryside on Worthy Farm, as well […]

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Installing ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend’ – Day 3

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The third day of install saw the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery completely transformed! These distinctive blue chairs, the iconic image of PQ2015, greeted us from the gallery entrance. They have been suspended from a bridge which links the gallery to the medieval Bethlehem chapel on the opposite side of the courtyard. The graphics for the installation, […]

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Installing ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend’ – Day 2

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Day 2 passed in an exciting flurry of activity! On the technical side, Oli and Adam installed the projectors and the speakers in preparation for filling the gallery with sound and visuals tomorrow. The consumer unit, with all the switches marked in technical Czech, proved tricky to navigate at first, but the unswervingly helpful gallery […]

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Installing ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend’ – Day 1

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After months of conversations, concept development, planning, filming, designing, and editing, the V&A has finally arrived in the beautiful Jaroslav Fragner gallery in Prague to install Glastonbury: Land and Legend as part of this year’s Prague Quadrennial. Sodja Lotker, Artistic Director of the Prague Quadrennial, initiated the SharedSpace: Music Weather Politics project back in 2011 and the […]

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Residency Programme Upcoming Events

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Have you met our resident artists yet? Do come and meet them at the fantastic events that they have lined up in the Museum in May and June! May Thursday 21 May at 13.00 to 14.00 (Meeting at Grand Entrance Meeting Point): Jamie Jenkinson will be giving a talk comparing the video pixel to mosaic […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.69

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.69 Record shopping Saturday and continuing to climb the Tower. Legendary independent record label was at the epicentre of the punk explosion right at the start and then has gone on to release a catalogue that almost defines the genre of independent music itself. Opened in […]

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.28

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The Tower of Babel – Shop of the Day No.28 The most appropriate up to date technology font for a dry cleaners.  I’m sure their name didn’t have the same connotations when they opened either.  Finchley N3.     ©Barnaby Barford 2014

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