In honor of the London Design Festival this year, the Victoria & Albert Museum of Design invited guests to explore parts of the building that aren’t on view to the public. Guests are led through a gallery to a steep spiral staircase that leads them into the top of the museum, where the cupola holds a stalagtite-esque piece created by artist and filmmaker, Keiichi Matsuda.
PRISM is a structure made of Japanese paper onto which digital outputs from the city are projected. The viewer can see data, such as schedule updates from the Tube, market prices, and wind speed, along with incredible displays of light and colored patterns. Matsuda sees the piece as a representation of our relationship with digital media. On the London Design Festival website, the artist is quoted as saying, “The installation is an investigation into the virtual life of the city, and our own often ambiguous relationship with the data that controls our lives.”
The final stage of the experience takes viewers outside to the top of the building for a spectacular, real view of the city – a juxtaposition of digital and actual perception.
Guests may request free tickets to tour the space and view PRISM at the museum. For more information about the exhibition, visit the V&A website.