The Digital Design Weekend brings together artists, designers,
engineers, technologists and the public to celebrate and share
contemporary digital art and design. Participants take over the Museum
with pop-up installations, robotics, creative electronics, talks,
workshops, family-friendly events and more.
For the second year Ars Electronica Linz, the celebrated Austrian institution working on the intersection of art, technology and society in Linz, have selected a number of artists to showcase their work in person at the V&A and ACF
Accompanying the events at the V&A South Kensington, the ACF London will open its doors over the weekend to host a programme of performances and tours alongside our in-house exhibition Emotion + the Tech(no)body
A new work by Leonhard Peschta, will be permanently installed in the ACF's Library throughout the weekend. The kinetic sculpture 17:40-18:40, reflects the recorded movement of a person through the city by changing its form. Between 5:40pm – 6:40pm the artist went for an hour through the city of Vienna and recorded his route with his smartphone.
Bridging Open Borders
Friday 22 September, 6.30pm – 8.30 pm, ACF London
An evening of performances to celebrate the launch of the V&A’s Digital Design Weekend and its publication Bridging Open Borders. With performances by Leo Peschta, Davide Bevilacqua and prazlab.
Lets Walk & Talk: Guided Tour
Saturday 23, 5pm & Sunday 24, 12pm, meeting point V&A Grand Entrance
Meet the artists and curators while walking! We will start the tour at the V&A Grand Entrance (have a look for someone with an ARS ELECTRONICA LINZ sign) and will go together to the Austrian Cultural Forum, where we will have performances, workshops, talks and drinks with artists. With: Manuela Naveau (curator, Ars Electronica Linz), Irini Papadimitriou (curator, V&A / Digital Design Weekend), Irene Posch (artist), Leonhard Peschta (artist), Davide Bevilacqua (artist) and Veronika Krenn (artist).
Robotic Intervention and sound performances
Saturday 23, 5:30pm, ACF London
Ursuppe is a sound performance originally developed by Davide Bevilacqua and Alberto Boem. The project is based on a bio-cybernetic system consisting of a series of insect-shaped analog sound devices electrically connected to a mixture of organic materials: soil, fruits, and vegetables. The sound signals are transmitted through the organic material and generate a pulsing feedback with the qualities of a cyborg.
BM MKIII by Leonhard Peschta is a robotic intervention. The BM's are single track drum computers which generate sound by hitting the object they are mounted on. They consist of a micro-controller, a solenoid which „pushes“ on the object, a battery pack and a wireless-module to enable them to synchronize with other BM’s near by.
Workshop with Irene Posch
Sunday 24, 11am – 12:30pm, ACF London
Join artist Irene Posch for a workshop exploring tools for the use of textiles in the production of digital technologies.
V&A South Kensington will present Austrian-based artists:
Davide Bevilacqua and Veronika Krenn, Tischrechner (Table calculator)
Location: Room 21a, Level 1, V&A
The installation Tischrechner speculates on the origin of the dominant images of economic growth through two old-style calculators. In a discursive performance, these predecessors of modern computers create new formulations of Karl Marx' and Max Weber's opposite and complementary economic models.
prazlab, Data Slicers
Location: Sculpture, Room 21a, Level 1, V&A
Fruit cutters are new forms of kitchen utensils, commercial products that shape fruits into equal pieces. Referring to the symbolic meaning of fruits, the Data Slicers implement data in the meal by manipulating the fruit cutters. Through the use, these tools bring to surface often-tabooed subjects.
Leonhard Peschta, Formbytime
Location: Design Studio, Sackler Centre for arts education, V&A Electromechanical jewellery uniting minimalistic aesthetic elegance with technical sophistication. The jewellery incorporates motors and electronics made of precious metals and connected to the wearer’s mobile device via Bluetooth.
Courtesy Gallery Lisi Hämmerle.
Irene Posch, Handcrafting the Digital
Location: Art Studio, Sackler Centre for arts education, V&A Tools developed for the creation of electronic textile artefacts and sample artefacts translating digital technologies to the domain of textile crafts.
Find out more about what's happening at the V&A here.
The presentation of Austrian artists is supported by AVL Cultural Foundation, AVL Cultural Foundation (AT) and NIO Nextev (UK) Limited.
The Digital Design Weekend coincides with the London Design Festival at the V&A.