Dear all

I am very pleased to share with everyone the programme for this year’s Digital Design Weekend at the V&A. This year we are inviting participants and audiences to explore digital value, cultural value and 'making' value. I hope you can join us in a weekend of collaborating, networking, sharing ideas, expertise and practice.

All the best



Digital Programmes Manager

Department of Learning


South Kensington

London SW7 2RL

T: 020 7942 2258


V&A Digital Design Weekend

Saturday 20 – Sunday 21 September


Free, drop-in, no booking required


Take part in a weekend of free events and collaborative making activities exploring physicality and digital value, coinciding with the London Design Festival at the V&A.

Event page and full programme: 


Participants and projects

Paolo Cirio, (W)orld Currency: this artwork illustrates a global currency through the creative formulation of an equation and a trading algorithm for the currency exchange market.

James Bridle, A Quiet Disposition: Remembrancer: an evolving database of news reports about unmanned aerial vehicles. The Remembrancer, named after the City of London Officer charged with reporting to Parliament, is a daily newspaper generated from the AQD database by movements in the London Stock Exchange, connecting and implicating other datasets by its operation. Commissioned by the Open Data Institute as part of Data as Culture.

Fabio Lattanzi Antinori supported by Bare Conductive, Data Flagsgenerative data driven sound installation where large scale screen-printed reactive surfaces explore the invisible patterns of financial algorithmic trading.

Heidi Hinder, Money No Object: explores a new significance for material and physical currencies in an increasingly immaterial digital world, where smart payment transactions are imperceptible, but human emotions, creativity and culture, retain value that money can’t buy.

Open Collaborative Making: A Digital Perspective ​publication distributed for free at Open Collaborative Making.

Edited by Jon Rogers, Irini Papadimitriou and Andrew Prescott. Design by Funded by Arts& Humanities Research Council.

Flora Bowden & Dan Lockton, Drawing Energy&  Powerchord: exploring our relationships with energy in everyday life, through visualisation and sonification.

Dean Brown (Fabrica), THE 7 LAMPS OF MAKING: Does the future of making have philosophical roots in 19th century Arts & Crafts Theory?

The Restart Project: building tools to measure the environmental impact of our community repair events called Restart Parties. Help us conceive of ways of showing the amount of waste we divert as we help you fix your laptop, mobile or kettle.

Daniel Ploeger, Janet Chan and Jelili Atiku, Back to Sender (2014) & Digital Performance and the Politics of Electronic Waste: trategies in performance and digital art to engage with the political, sociological and ecological issues around electronic waste in countries that export (UK) and import (Nigeria and China) used technology.

Knyttan and Common Works: pioneering the democratisation of manufacturing, giving people the opportunity to design the things they buy.

THE UNSEEN, AIR: the AIR collection, involving wind reactive ink, changes colour upon contact with the air around us. It is intended to reveal the unseen turbulence surrounding the human as it goes about its environment.

Nelly Ben Hayoun, Designer of experiences SETI Institute and guest scientists, Disaster Playground (A Preview): future outer space catastrophes and the design of procedures to manage them and assess the risks.

Raphael Kim, Biohack the Economy: Looking at possible roles of technology and micro-organisms in shaping our socio-economy, narrated through hands-on biological experimentation and set building.

Sitraka, Time Conditioning: a series of 'handicap devices' that speculate on our ability to manipulate and slow down our perception of time.

Open Collaborative Making: open lab with projects exploring data in meaningful ways. Projects/participants include: Weather data & Choreography with The Met Office, readysaltedcode & guests, Microsoft Research, BBC R&D Playlister Fob & Perceptive Radio, Jon Rogers/University of Dundee, Aurora Wearables internet-connected spacesuit with Jon Spooner/Unlimited Theatre & Exeter College, Uniform physical weather apps, REACT prototypes, AHRC Digital Transformations showcase, Penguin Random House YourFry: a meeting of text and technology, Remixing weather forecasts by Natasha Trotman, James Parr and many more.

Tine Bech, Can a statue be playable? new digital materials used with traditional aesthetics of visual art to create sculptural interactivity.

Kouichi Okamoto, Magnetic Field Record: suspended device recording and visualising earth’s magnetic and gravitational forces into drawings.

Yulia Silina, The Distant Heart: computational necklace, developed as a part of the research into the emotional void created when loved ones move away from each other.

Francesca Perona & Anouk Sylvestre, Outlines of Inexistence:  exploring ways of transforming visual perception through material interactions and graphic design.

The T/Shirt Issue, Open Body Database: An interactive installation that questions how far our idiosyncratic tendencies to increasingly expose ourselves in the digital realm go.

Makerversity and Maklab

Karen Palmer / IF Interactive Film, Syncself: NeuroGaming Technology & film create a vicarious interactive experience, to portray the philosophy of Parkour.

Codasign, Create Your Own Disobedient Object: Using everyday materials, computers and MaKey MaKeys explore how technology and hands-on making can enable us to communicate important ideas through objects.

Marguerite Humeau & Ka Fai Choy, The Things? – A Trip to Europa. Proposal for Serenading Outer Space Creatures with Stunts, Vibrations, Light, Chemistry, Heat and Live Magic: fictional trip to Europa, performed as an expedition to Antarctica and conversation with otherworldly creatures, rumoured to live under the ice cap of Antarctica and thought to be the exact replicas of hypothetical life forms.

This Happened: panel discussion bringing attention to data and privacy issues today.