Exhibition ‘Decode: Digital Design Sensations’ @ V&A (to 11 Apr)

VADigitally growing plants and a mechanical eye that mirrors the blink of a visitor’s gaze will be among the digital works that will feature in Decode: Digital Design Sensations.

The exhibition will show the latest developments in digital and interactive design, from small screen based graphics to large-scale installations.

For the first time, the V&A is also commissioning a digital work for its website and will provide remote access to some of the works on display. The exhibition will explore three themes.

  • Code as a Raw Material will present pieces that use computer code to create new designs in the same way a sculptor works with materials such as clay or wood. This section will look at how code can be programmed to create constantly fluid and ever changing objects.

Interactivity will look at designs where the viewer directly influences the work. Visitors will be invited to interact with and contribute to the development of the works, many of which show designers playing with the boundaries of design and performance.

The Network will focus on works that comment on and utilise the digital traces left behind by everyday communications, from blogs in social media communities to mobile communications or satellite tracked GPS systems.

It is a playful and dynamic exhibition and offers a chance for families and children of all ages to see the very latest in digital and interactive design, and be a part of the exhibition itself.

Many of the interactive works in the exhibition are influenced by visitors and highlights include a giant wall where you can kick and throw digital ‘paint’, a video grid allowing visitors to feature in an ever moving portrait, a digital dandelion whose seeds can be blow away by a real hairdryer held by visitors, a human sized mechanical eye which follows the gaze of the viewer and blinks one second after you blink, and moving digital tree as tall as the exhibition space where visitors can kick away the falling leaves.


  • Tuesday 8 December 2009 to Sunday 11 April 2010.
  • Admission £5.


V&A South Kensington
Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL