The exhibition will showcase commissions from German artist Julius Popp, graffiti collective Graffiti Research Lab – which uses light and open-source technology in its work – audio-visual experts Yes Yes No, and designer and programmer Daniel Brown.
Three themes are to be examined. Code as Raw Material will investigate how code can be programmed to create ‘constantly fluid and ever-changing objects’.
Interactivity is to look at how viewers can directly influence works. Design and performance will be explored within this theme.
The Network will try to understand digital traces that are left behind through blogs in social communities, mobile communications and satellite-tracked global positioning systems.
Louise Shannon, curator and deputy head of contemporary programmes, says the exhibition will offer ‘engaging and sensory experiences’, and show ‘developments in contemporary digital art and design across disciplines including graphics, new media and programming’.
The centerpiece installation, Bit.Code, by Julius Popp, is to stand in the V&A’s grand entrance. A screen displaying a binary code of ones and zeros will rotate, accompanied by a mechanical noise as some numbers align to form popular words dictated by Web feeds.
Interactive collective Yes Yes No is creating the Identity Synth – an audio-visual booth using facial tracking and voice recognition to create a musical performance. Sound can then be manipulated by the user through a keyboard operated by finger scanners.
The exhibition will run at the V&A from 8 December until 11 April 2010.