We went along to V&A to see Decode at the weekend; Luke got in first with a blog post about it, but he uses text speak so he’s best ignored. Though that’s not going to stop me from stealing his photos. Ahem.
The exhibition is all about digital art, a split between interpreting boring data to create pictures and super fun interactive installations.
The first section was kinda dull, looking at whizzy code in Flash that pretty much just made things that looked like WinAmp skins. I’m sure it’s clever, but I found it pretty soul less.
The best stuff was the interactive work; despite it being half term I was definitely the biggest kid in there. There was a dandelion that would shed it’s fluffy things when you pointed an infrared hairdryer at it, a big paint splatter wall, a screen that would rain on your shadow, a mirror machine that reflected your shadows by whirring cylinders about, a pool of cells that would grow when you uncovered them from the sand, a big video wall… so much fun to jump about in front of.
The exhibition is well worth a visit, it made me wish we did more in-store fun stuff. I think I’m going to have to take our Sony clients along for a visit before it closes.