Digital Design Weekend 2021

September 23, 2021

Digital Design Weekend returns on 25 and 26 September to take over the V&A, with interactive installations, showcases, workshops, talks and family-friendly activities taking place around the museum.

Biomimicry, a real-time growing couture gown by Auroboros

This year’s event explores how digital design can help make the reality of climate change visible to us all. From the air we breathe to the clothes we wear, artists, designers and scientists are inviting us to make changes here and now.

A key strand of our programme involves emerging digital fashion practices, and enquiring how they can help us reimagine our relationship with fashion and address urgent environmental challenges such as waste and disposability. 

Over the weekend we will be showcasing an exciting programme of cutting edge projects, including:

  • Biomimicry by Auroboros a real-time growing couture worn by the AI artist robot Ai-Da which will grow and fall apart during the festival.
  • Digital Atmosphere – an augmented reality experience designed by Studio Above&Below reacting in real time to the air pollution around us.
  • The Museum of the Fossilized Internet – a miniature exhibition designed by Gabi Ivens, Michelle Thorne, Joana Moll and Tom Jarrett and supported by Mozilla, highlighting the scale of the internet’s carbon footprint.
Distributed Stiches by Pattern Project

As part of our focus on the future of fashion we will take a look at new open source design practices such at Pattern Project, a local micro-factory using on-demand cutting robots and hosting sew-it-yourself stations at the festival, and Supra, a Latin American community advocating for repair and clothing longevity. We will discover how physical and digital fashion can merge together with Peut-Porter‘s craft and QR codes experiments, and with the virtual fashion shoot Pose XR developed by Fashion Innovation Agency and dandelion + burdock.

There is lots for young people and families to enjoy, including Telepresence mini-robots you can control with your phone hosted by The Crafty Robot and photography light-painting workshops with Robin Price.

For the fist time this year’s programme is accessible to visitors globally, with our online talks Data, Art and Living Systems, Digital Fashionand Click to Renew, plus the telepresence robots and virtual fashion photo shoot experiences playable wherever you are.

The Digital Design Weekend is taking place at the V&A on Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 September, from 10.30 to 17.00.

Events are free and drop-in, but places for some are limited, so please arrive early to avoid disappointment. Most events are suitable for all ages.

For the full Digital Design Weekend programme click here.  


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