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There is a varied programme of events to complement the exhibition. Book online or call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

SAP Weekend: Digital Design Festival

Friday Late: Decode Lab

Friday 26 February
Throughout the Museum
18.30–22.00

Celebrate digital art, design and performance at one of the V&A's popular Friday Lates, with talks, screenings, workshops and more. Create your own digital artworks in an openFrameworks lab, or listen in as Decode artists explore digital design today.

All events free, some may be ticketed

Digital Design Festival

Saturday 27 & Sunday 28 February
Sackler Centre
10.30–17.00

The fun continues over the weekend with talks and demonstrations from Decode artists such as Memo Akten and Jason Bruges. Come and recode Decode in a workshop with Karsten Schmidt, create your own digital artworks in an openFrameworks lab, or explore the history of digital art in a tour of the display Digital Pioneers.

All events free, some may be ticketed

V&A Connects: Digital Futures

Tuesday 26 January
Lunchroom, Sackler Centre
18.30–20.30

Join artists and designers for an evening combining discussions, debates and workshops, with drinks, music and networking.

In collaboration with onedotzero
£8, £6 concessions

Evening Talk

John Maeda
Tuesday 2 February
Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre
19.00

Hear designer John Maeda talk about his work.
£8, £6 concessions

Seminar

World Cities: New York

Saturday 13 February
Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre
14.00–17.30

Go in search of New York's 24-hour culture, exploring its history, its skyscrapers, and recent developments in visual, musical, digital and culinary culture, led by architectural writer Greg Voltalato. Dubbed ‘the city that never sleeps’, New York is a leading global city with a vast influence on international finance, culture, and entertainment. Explore the ideas, architecture, fashions and technologies that have kept New York at the cutting-edge.

£25, £20 concessions
Book online or call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

Conference

Decoding the Digital

Thursday 4 & Friday 5 February
Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre
10.00–17.30

A rare opportunity to hear a dialogue between contemporary digital practice and historical collections within the world of digital and computer generated art and design. Speakers include artist Frieder Nake and writer Edward Shanken, with theorists Charlie Gere and Beryl Graham. There will be an in-conversation between Paul Brown and his son Daniel Brown. Other contributors include the collector Michael Spalter, the writer and artist Anne Morgan Spalter, plus Louise Shannon (V&A) and Shane Walter (Director, onedotzero), co-curators of the V&A exhibition Decode, and Douglas Dodds, one of the curators of the V&A display Digital Pioneers.

£50 for two days, £25 for one day, concessions available
Jointly organised with onedotzero
In collaboration with Birkbeck College, with support from the Arts and Humanities Research Council
More information
To book, call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

Open Studios

Christian Kerrigan – Digital Design Resident

Supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation
20, 29 January
10, 13, 14, 19, 24 February
3, 12, 13, 14, 24 March
9, 10, 11, 16, 21 April
Residency Studios, Sackler Centre
13.00–16.00

Christian uses digital technology to make objects, installations, and drawings which draw out an array of ideas about nature, technology and mortality.

Free, drop-in
Visit the Residency webpages to find out more about Christian's work

The Residency Programme is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

Create! Workshops

Digital Photography

Saturday 9 January (11–13yrs)
Saturday 16 January (14–16yrs)
Digital Studio, Sackler Centre
11.00–16.00

Discover how to enhance and creatively modify pictures using Photoshop CS4.

£9.50, no concessions
Book online or call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

Creative Computer Coding

Saturday 23 January (11–13yrs)
Saturday 30 January (14–16yrs)
Digital & Design Studios, Sackler Centre
11.00–16.00

Learn creative coding and programming techniques and make a digital artwork.

£9.50, no concessions
Book online or call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

Interactive Design

Saturday 6 March (14–19yrs)
Digital & Design Studios, Sackler Centre
11.00–16.00

Work with Arduino, a physical computing platform and use it to create simple electronic and interactive projects. Your work will be recorded so you can watch it online. Participants will not be able to take electronics home

£9.50, no concessions
Book online or call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

Toy Hacking

Saturday 13 March (14–19yrs)
Digital & Design Studios, Sackler Centre
11.00–16.00

Experiment with hacking and reassembling toys using simple electronics to make them move, light up and more. Your work will be recorded so you can watch it online.
Participants will not be able to take the toys home

£9.50, no concessions
Book online or call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

Experimental Film

Saturday 20 March (17–19yrs)
Saturday 27 March (14–16 yrs)
Digital & Design Studios, Sackler Centre
11.00–16.00

Use Adobe After Effects to create your own film inspired by the Decode exhibition.

£9.50, no concessions
Book online or call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

Create! Courses

Performing with Digital Media

Thursday 18 & Friday 19 February (14–16yrs)
Lecture Theatre
11.00–16.00

Work with a professional director to create a dynamic performance inspired by the Decode exhibition using movement, sound & dialogue.

£18.00, no concessions
More information or to book, call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

Flash Animation

Wednesdays, 24 February, & 3, 10 March (14–16yrs)
Digital & Design Studios, Sackler Centre
16.30–18.30

Learn how to use Flash to create your own animation with sound.

£18.00, no concessions
More information or to book, call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

Adult Courses

Programming for Artists and Designers: An Introduction to Processing

Tuesdays, 26 January–16 March
Digital Studio, Sackler Centre
18.30–21.00

Write your own computer programs and open up new possibilities and perspectives in art and design with Processing, an open source programming language for developing visualisations and interactions.

£240, no concessions
More information
To book, call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

Open Source Creative Coding

Friday 29 January
Digital Studio, Sackler Centre
10.30–17.00

Learn how to use the openFrameworks open source platform to create real world installations that educate, inspire and intrigue. Suitable for beginners with basic computer skills.

£75, no concessions
More information
Book online or call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

Introduction to Arduino

Friday 12 February
Art Studio, Sackler Centre
10.30–17.00

Get a hands-on introduction to Arduino, an electronics prototyping platform and learn how to use simple electronics to make fun interactive projects. Make lights blink and visuals move when someone walks into a room, control sounds with your movements, and more. Learn the basics of how to programme Arduino and explore how to use sensors, control objects, and hack into devices. No previous knowledge of electronics is necessary.

£75, no concessions (includes materials)
Book online or call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

Fashion Design in a Virtual World

Friday 5 & Saturday 6 March
Digital Studio, Sackler Centre
10.30–17.00

Dress and accessorise your avatar when you learn how to create and design within virtual worlds and produce designs for clothing and fashion accessories to be modelled and photographed in a simulated world.

£120, no concessions (includes materials)
To book call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

Smart Clothing

Thursday 11 & Friday 12 March
Art Studio, Sackler Centre
10.30–17.00

Create your own electronic fashion statement! Design an interactive item of clothing with the Arduino Lilypad platform, using some sewing and soldering processes to work with conductive thread and electronic sensors. No previous knowledge of electronics is necessary.

£150, no concessions (includes materials)
To book call +44 (0)20 7942 2211

Digital Drop-in Events

Museum Photosynth

Sunday 14 February
Digital Studio, Sackler Centre
11.00–16.00

Take photos of selected Museum objects and help create amazing 3d viewing experiences using Photosynth software that allows you to take photos of the same scene or object, stitch them all together and share the results on the web.

Free, drop-in
ID deposit required for loan of a camera

Digital Drop-in Afternoons

Wednesdays, 20 January, 17 February, 17 March
Digital Studio, Sackler Centre
13.00–16.00

Drop-in and meet a digital artist, chat with them about their work and see 'show and tell' presentations of digital design.

Free, drop-in


Events are very occasionally subject to change without warning. We will make every attempt to ensure that those who have booked event tickets are informed of changes but cannot guarantee this for drop-in events.