Friday Late

The original contemporary late night event

An ever-changing, curated programme of live performances, cutting-edge fashion, film, installations, debates, special guests and DJs, with bars, food, and late-night exhibition openings.

Held on the last Friday in every month (except December) from 18.30 - 22.00.

Friday Late is free and drop in. All events are available on a first come, first served basis.

All visitors to Friday Late should use the main entrance on Cromwell Road. Please note that if the event reaches capacity, we will operate on a one-in-one-out basis. If you are a V&A Member, corporate member or hold a ticket to an exhibition please use the Exhibition Road entrance.

Exhibition Tickets are available from the Exhibition Ticket Desks. Tickets are subject to availability, and no booking fee applies. Please note tills close at 20.30.

Friday Late: Digital Public Spaces

Friday Late: Digital Public Spaces

29 May 2015

18.30 - 22.00

This event explores the forces at play within digital public space, with the people and projects that are charting new territories in this realm. Join us as we investigate the nature of social interaction in the virtual world and its effect on reality. This forms part of the programme for All of This Belongs to You, an exhibition at the intersection of design, democracy and public life.

All events are free and places are designated on a first come, first served basis, unless stated otherwise. Filming and photography will take place at this event.

Please note, if the Museum reaches capacity we will allow access on a one-in, one-out basis.


Cromwell Road

Natalie Jeremijenko’s FARMACYxAGBAGS are an open-source prototype for greening our urban environments. Installed along the stone wall outside the main entrance, they provide habitat for insects, and a small but meaningful improvement in the air quality of the street.

Grand Entrance

Formation, a new twin-brother duo from South London take control of the music for the evening. Their Philly Disco, Northern Soul and Electronica influenced debut EP Young Ones was released in March.

Grand Entrance 

Part of a series of works by New York-based artist and ecologist Natalie Jeremijenko, PHENOLOGICALxCLOCK depicts 12 months in the life-cycle of the flowering plants and pollinating insects that surround the V&A. It seeks to highlight the wider natural ecology, and our place within it.

Curator’s Tour of All of This Belongs to You


What do a skateboard, anti-homeless spikes and a Chinese school uniform tell us about public life? This tour will focus on the Civic Objects display, hidden in plain view around the Museum’s permanent galleries.


From a giant latex column in the cast courts, to ‘reverse restitution’ in the Medieval and Renaissance gallery, this tour will take in the large-scale installations which form part of the exhibition All of This Belongs to You.
Please meet assistant curator Kristian Volsing in the Grand Entrance outside of the exhibition entrance to What is Luxury?

Ways to be Public
Architecture Landing and Room 128a, Level 4 (Take stair P)

This display presents contemporary architecture and urbanism projects that rethink the role of contemporary public space today. It illustrates new tools, tactics and ideas used to forge publics in a variety of ways, from a flag binding together individual nations of the EU, to a garden designed to teach school children mathematics.

Foreshortening, Looking and Forgetting: An Invitation to Draw
50a, Medieval and Renaissance Galleries

Artist Juliet Haysom and muf architecture/art invite you to join in an audio drawing lesson as part of muf’s current installation, More Than One (Fragile) Thing at a Time. This exercise aims to question how the environment you are in affects how you draw, pick up an audio headset and a drawing board and see for yourself.

More Than One (Fragile) Thing at a Time
Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50a

The Medieval and Renaissance galleries are designed as an archetypal public space, with daylight, standing figure sculptures, and a fountain. muf’s installation tests this description, through the introduction of new furniture pieces, and a re-reading of a number of objects’ histories. Can a museum be a public space?

From Bauhaus to BioShock - how architecture and videogames overlap
Gallery 46b, Cast Courts

Author of the forthcoming Imaginary Cities, Darran Anderson looks at the relationship between videogames and architecture, from Archigram to Zelda. Learn about forerunners to virtual realities in art and design, the many various worlds that have been created and where this will lead as the boundaries between cyberspace and living space become blurred.

Moth Cinema
John Madejski Garden

Moth Cinema a project by Natalie Jeremijenko and part of her work Re-Public of Air  for the exhibition All of This Belongs To You, explores the role museums play within the ecology of the city. For this event, the John Madejski Garden will be taken over with a moth habitat and projection that celebrates the activity of the moths. Come hear Natalie Jeremijenko in conversation with Rory Hyde and a moth soundscape being played throughout the evening.

Ways to be Secret
20th Century, Room 76, Level 3 (Take stair G)

This display examines the contradiction between our concern for online privacy, and our obsession with sharing via social media. At the heart of this display are the hard drives which held documents leaked to the Guardian newspaper by Edward Snowden, which were subsequently ordered to be destroyed by the UK government.

The Ethics of Dust
Cast Courts, Room 46a

Using conservation latex, artist and architectural preservationist Jorge Otero-Pailos has ‘cleaned’ the hollow inside of the cast of Trajan’s Column. The resulting giant latex ‘cast of a cast’, exhibited adjacent to the original, reveals the passage of time, and highlights the museum’s duty of care to it’s public collection.

How to destroy a laptop
Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre

Join Dr Richard Tynan from Privacy International and Mustafa Al-Bassam as they explain what they learned from looking at the Guardian’s destroyed laptop and hard drives, which held data leaked by Edward Snowden. Followed by a Q&A with the Guardian’s David Blishen, responsible for their destruction under supervision of GCHQ, and, Corinna Gardner, curator of the Ways to be Secret display.

Exhausting a Crowd
Room 107, Leighton Corridor

Exhausting a Crowd  automates the task of completely describing the events of a day  in Piccadilly Circus. A beautiful record of the energy present in shared space, as well as a disturbing look into the potential for control in a dystopian environment.  Live and interactive, join in by labelling activities, individuals, themes and patterns and watch as the site updates with a visualisation for you to explore. Exhausting a Crowd is a work by Kyle McDonald commissioned by the V&A as part of the exhibition All of This Belongs to You.

Mapping Conflicts with Open Source Data
Seminar Room 3

Architect and researcher Francesco Sebregondi presents recent work from the Forensic Architecture project, around the reconstruction and digital mapping of the latest conflict in Gaza (summer 2014), undertaken in partnership with Amnesty International. Forensic Architecture is a research project based at Goldsmiths and University of London and as part of their work, they have developed a new web application that aggregates open source data to map complex events – such as armed conflicts, protests, and humanitarian crises.

Goodnight Sweetheart - Digital Data Funeral
Art Studio, Learning Centre
18.45, 19.45, 20.45

Data fornicates, replicating at quantum speeds, multiplying our traces, sold to the highest bidder or even leaked for free. Be part of a digital data funeral and attempt to escape ‘datafication’ in the form of a ritual of deletion. This embalming event invites you to cast your data in resin, your memories irretrievably crystalised in a relic for you to take home.

Liquid Citizenship
Design Studio

Liquid Citizenship is a site which gathers together international data on citizenship opportunities and exemptions. Come and explore the offers available for purchasing a national passport, or acquiring citizenship through other means, such as naturalisation, people smuggling or asylum seeking. Liquid Citizenship is a work by Femke Herregraven, commissioned by the V&A as part of the exhibition All of This Belongs to You.

Damsels in Distress

Tropes vs Women in Videogames is a  project which aims to examine the plot devices and patterns most often associated with female characters in videogames. This three part video series created by Anita Sarkeesian explores how the ‘damsel in distress’ became one of the most widely-used gendered clichés in the history of gaming and why the trope has been core to the popularisation and development of the medium itself.

Five Eyes
Tapestries, Room 94, Level 3 (Take stair L)

This installation by artist and writer James Bridle uses an algorithm to automatically select objects from an analysis of the Museum’s 1.4 million digital object records. The resulting objects on display tell a story of the history of surveillance and state power. Five Eyes is one of the commissions that is part of the exhibition All of This Belongs to You.

Food & Drink

Drinks are available in the Grand Entrance throughout the evening and in the John Madejski Garden (weather permitting).

Food and drinks will be served in the Café until 21.00.

Also On Tonight

All of This Belongs to You
1 April – 19 July 2015.

Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s
16 February 2015 – 24 May 2015
Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
14 March – 2 August 2015.
In partnership with Swarovski
Supported by American Express
With thanks to MAC
Technology Partner Samsung

Coming Up

V&A presents Friday Late
Digital Public Space
Friday 29 May

This event explores the forces at play within the digital public space, and chart the new territories which are being formed. Join us as we investigate the nature of social interaction in the virtual realm, along with its interplay and effect on the real.  This forms part of the programme for All of This Belongs to You, an exhibition at the intersection of design, democracy and public life.

About Friday Late

Friday Late began in 1999, establishing the much-copied format for London cultural centres' evening events. The programme celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with both leading and emerging artists and designers. By providing a platform through which to test ideas and challenge convention, Friday Late aims to inspire and provoke, whilst encouraging audiences to interact with the Museum’s collections in new ways.


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