From early computer art to current Museum residencies and innovative uses of the latest 3D printing technology, explore the V&A's relationship with digital art and design.
A History of Computer Art
As computing technology developed from its earliest days artists began to see the creative potential in computers and computing equipment. Over the decades the ways that artists have exploited computers have changed and developed. The V&A’s collection of computer art contains examples from the 1950s to the present day.
The V&A's Computer Art Collections
The V&A has been collecting computer-generated art and design since the 1960s, and has also acquired two significant collections: The Computer Arts Society Collection and The Patric Prince archive. Together these form the basis of the UK's emerging national collection of computer art.
Video: How Was it Made? The Fractal Table
This video shows how the Fractal Table was made. The Fractal Table is based on the distinctive branching form of the dragon tree. The growth patterns of the tree are developed into a design based on mathematical algorithms. The table is made using a digital 3-D printing process controlled by computer. This film forms part of a collection of videos on furniture making techniques.
Video: Decode: Digital Design Sensations
Curated in collaboration with onedotzero, 'Decode: Digital Design Sensations' was a ground-breaking new exhibition at the V&A showcasing the very latest in digital and interactive design. Featuring interviews with co-curators Shane Walter and Louise Shannon and artists, Jason Bruges,Troika, Golan Levin and Andy Cameron.
Video: Troika's Tunnel Vision
When digital studio Troika were commissioned by the V&A to create a new sign for the underground tunnel entrance of the museum, they turned to Alan Fletcher's classic logo for inspiration. The techno-clockwork character of the sign - shiny acrylic materials and colours combined with traditional gears - also aims to reflect the V&A's ability to showcase treasures of the past while embracing modernity.
Video: Wildlife - Digital Tiger
As part of the V&A exhibition Decode: Digital Design Sensations, artist Karolina Sobecka takes her digital tiger out onto the streets of Kensington. A projection of a tiger is shone from a moving car on the buildings along the edge of the road. The animal's movements are programmed to correspond to the speed of the car as it moves. This film shows the exciting results.