Friday Late

The original contemporary late night event. Friday Late celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with leading and emerging artists and designers through live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and late-night exhibition openings.

Friday Late is FREE and drop in
Last Friday in every month (except May & December)

All events are free and places are designated on a first-come, first-served basis, unless stated otherwise. Filming and photography will take place throughout the evening.

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


V&A Friday Late x Boiler Room  - 30 June 2017

V&A Friday Late x Boiler Room - 30 June 2017

As the opening event of REVEAL, a week-long festival celebrating the opening of the V&A Exhibition Road Quarter, V&A Friday Late teams up with the online music broadcasting platform Boiler Room to present a dynamic programme of experimental sounds. We invite you to explore what happens when the digital and physical collide. Step into pixel-rich interfaces to question the freedom of online broadcasting, and join global link-ups live from New York and Tokyo.

Boiler Room

Boiler Room streams underground music from around the world to its extensive online community. Creating windows into scenes and sounds from every corner of the globe, the team at Boiler Room has redrawn the map for underground culture and proven that there is a popular alternative to the mainstream. Tonight they stream live from the V&A, bringing you a vibrant mix of DJs and live performances. | @boilerroomtv

From The Depths, Body Motion, No Bad Days
Grand Entrance, Cromwell Road
Boiler Room associated DJ collectives, From The Depths, Body Motion and No Bad Days play an eclectic mix. From global club sounds, house and techno, to the outright weird and wonderful.
@FromThemDepths | @nobaddays_dance | @HelloBodyMotion

Space For Everyone
The Raphael Cartoons, Room 48a
Perfomance: 19.00, 20.00, 21.00
Film screening: 18.30 – 21.45
Watch as English National Ballet dance through the V&A, running through empty galleries after the Museum has closed, in a mesmerising film with original music by XL Recordings’ Overmono. Watch their intricate choreography live at 19.00, 20.00, 21.00 | |
#Overmono | @ENBallet | @boilerroomtv | @overmono_uk

Tiff’s Joints, Heels & Souls, Bone Soda
The John Madejski Garden
18.30 – 20.45
Boiler Room associated DJ collectives Tiff’s Joints, Heels & Souls and Bone Soda soundtrack The John Madejski Garden with soulful London summer vibes.
@tiffsjoints | @heelsnsouls | @bonesoda

Paintings, Room 82 - The Edwin and Susan Davies Galleries
19.15 – 19.45
Sitting somewhere outside of a definable music genre, join the four-piece band Hejira for an intimate performance. Most recently inspired by a trip to discover the rhythms of the ancient, tribal and spiritual music of Ethiopia, this band showcases expansive soundscapes, hissy beats and soulful vocal lines. | @hejira

In Appreciation of Lyricism
Europe 1600 – 1815 Galleries - The Salon, Room 4
19.45 – 20.45
Showcasing fresh talent and embracing a new and unusual forms, In Appreciation of Lyricism celebrates the art of the spoken word. Tonight join us for performances by Jehst, Klashnekoff, Durrty Goodz, Connie Constance, Brother Portrait, Bridget Minamor, Reba Maybury, Zia Ahmed, Martin Creed and hosted by the inimitable James Massiah.

The John Madejski Garden
20.45 – 21.30
KOKOROKO (meaning 'be strong' in Urhobo) is a music collective hailing from South London, brought together by a love for Afrobeat. Inspired by the West African greats, join this seven-piece group for a soul-shaking horn-fuelled sound. | @kokorokomusic

Deep Throat Choir
The Sackler Courtyard
21.30 – 21.45
Deep Throat Choir is an all-female singing collective who brings music making back to a few basic elements: vocals and drums. Hear the unique interplay between space, vocal melodies and harmonies in a sweetly subversive choral performance. | @deepthroatchoir

Music Television
Tapestries, Room 94
Lie back on a bed of beanbags and trace the history of music television, from MTV to Soul Train, Top of the Pops and right up to the Boiler Room generation in this immersive video installation.


Timed Activities

Reality vs Virtual Reality
Cupola, with access via Room 141
18.30 – 21.00
Enjoy a visit behind the scenes of the V&A by climbing the spiral staircase leading up to the Cupola. Here the Reality vs Virtual Reality Zine projects a psychedelic installation created in a unique collaboration with 25 artists. The technicolour installation questions how technology is altering our perception of what is real, while redefining our ideas of utopia.

Limited capacity. Sign up from 18.30 from Gallery 140, Level 6. Please note access is via a steep, narrow staircase, and may not be suitable for all visitors. Participants must be wearing closed-toe shoes. You will be escorted as a group and have 20 minutes within the display space. | @rvsvr_zine

Reality vs Virtual Reality Green Screen
Ceramics, Room 141 - The McAulay Gallery
18.30 – 21.00
Step into the illustrations from the Reality vs Virtual Reality Zine, using green screen technology to transport you into otherworldly locations. Become part of their pixel-drenched backdrops and experience the blurring of boundaries between virtual and real life. | @rvsvr_zine

Lubricate Coil Engine
Hochhauser Auditorium, Sackler Centre for arts education
Performance: 19.00
Tabita Rezaire’s videos are digital activism. In this rolling programme of her films, made up of screen-shot collages, a 1990s digital aesthetic and splurges of neon colour, you can watch entangled narratives that explore the legacies of colonialism and its effects on information technology. At 19.00 join Rezaire for a performance, which unearths cybernetic spaces where the organic, technological and spiritual worlds harmonise.

The Meme Life
The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, Level 4
Ever seen a meme on a sign at a protest? Memes nowadays have a huge impact on society, helping to shape our discourse and values. Join Friends of The Civic Beat, a global research collective, as it examines memes in a global context and asks the all-important question "What does it all meme?". Speakers include Farida Vis, Director of the University of Sheffield’s Visual Social Media Lab; Negar Mottahedeh, author and cultural commentator; and Kate Miltner, a researcher exploring the intersection of technology, identity, culture, and inequality. | @thecivicbeat | #MemeLifeVandA

Internet Citizens
Art Studio, Sackler Centre for arts education
19.45 and 20.45
Join the YouTube Creators For Change team to explore how we can make the web better for all. Discuss topics such as response to offensive speech, fake news and echo chambers with hosts Fusion and Efe Ezekiel. Create an immersive YouTube video with Nadir Nahdi, founder of BENI, exploring the boundaries of online and offline interactions. |

Eye Want Change
National Art Library
Over the past decade smartphones have become prevalent tools in capturing, documenting and driving social movements. They allow us to connect with online communities, subvert mainstream media narratives and they help diversify filmmaking. Join the smartphone film platform Eye Want Change (EWC) as it showcases a series of films submitted online ahead of this event, while the EWC team discusses what online movements it would like to see take off in real life.

Please note coats and bags are not permitted in the Library. Please leave these items in the cloakroom | @EyeWantChange | @JadeShamraeff | @Emma.Barnaby

Submit your films to be screened as part of the Eye Want Change showcase at June’s Friday Late. Show us how you use your phone to capture or challenge social change. All you need to do is to submit up to five visual or audio clips (no longer than 30 seconds each) to

Throughout the event

WIM Studio
Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50b - The Paul and Jill Ruddock Gallery
Every 30 minutes
WIM Studio presents a live performance that uses haptic sensors applied to the skin to choreograph new movements. This is a meeting of the body, garment and machine.

Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50b - The Paul and Jill Ruddock Gallery
The FTR is a design studio focused on creating interactions that blur the digital and physical. Its new installation Annexe lets you explore the future of remote touch. Move your hand through one portal into another, where your touch is transported to a mirrored location within the Museum. | @The_FTR_

Old Marble New
Sculpture 111
Creative agency Stink Studios invites you to create your own V&A-inspired GIF. Re-mould, remix and render new forms by using digital 3D scans, RITA, and textures taken from objects in the V&A collection. | @stinkstudios

Transatlantic Doodle Transformation
Sculpture, Room 21a - The Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries
Have you ever wanted to be a hotdog? Or a teapot? Perhaps you’d just like to become a floating orb? Well, now you can! Step into artist Jon Burgerman’s sketches as he beams his trademark doodles across the ocean from New York, directly into the V&A

Global Meme Map
The Blavatnik Hall
Whilst it may seem that cats have taken over the internet, the global fascination with animals is in fact more diverse. Track global trends in our interactive animal meme map, reflecting the vast diversity of internet cultures around the world and visit an interactive selfie station. Uncover examples as the punny use of llamas in Mexico and Peru, the grass mud horse in China and the obsession with goats in Uganda, Brazil and Bangladesh.
@thecivicbeat | @anxiaostudio | @jasonli

Spinning the Aub
The Exhibition Road Quarter Staircases
With a cheeky nod to the prolific emoji, spin Anna Ginsburg’s interactive aubergine. Each aubergine has its own soundtrack, created by FrnkBoff and by spinning them you can control the speed and direction of the music.

The Exhibition Road Quarter Staircases have been generously supported by Heather Acton and Peter Williams.

Work: Void
Sackler Centre for arts education
Spatial artist Katharina Maria Wienen uncovers an infinite number of dimensions with this ethereal hanging sculpture. As you walk through the lightweight structure made from iridescent materials it alters its movement, creating a blurring between inside and outside spaces. |

World Wide Water
Sackler Centre for arts education
Streaming in from Tokyo, join a global video chat with Japanese studio IDPW as they explore the similarities between the Internet and water. Just like water connects the continents and the people living there, the internet does much the same with its submarine cables and wifi connections.

Victoria & Amazon Bot
Sackler Centre for arts education
The Victoria & Amazon Bot searches the V&A collection and pairs objects with items for sale on Amazon. Watch this ever-changing diptych where historical objects are coupled with everyday consumer goods, often with hilarious consequences.

Also on tonight

Light Sgraffito
The Sackler Courtyard

Simon Heijdens: Shade
The Sainsbury Gallery

Liam Byrne: Partials
The Sainsbury Gallery

Jonathan Olivares: Aluminium Bench
The Sainsbury Gallery

Resident Artists Open Studios
Discover our resident artists’ studios in the newly reopened Sackler Centre for arts education. Meet Silvia Weidenbach, a jewellery designer fusing historical silversmithing and 3D printing techniques. Or chat to Julian Melchiorri, who is building the world’s first living and breathing chandelier. Supported by the Gilbert Trust for the Arts and the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. |

Supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund

Illustration by Patrick Savile


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