Prism at the V&A


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‘Prism presents an alternative view of London, exposing unseen data flows in the capital through a sculptural, immersive interface suspended in the V&A’s uppermost cupola. 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… digital artist and film-maker Keiichi Matsuda’s Prism presents an ingenious window on that complexity, using data to depict the ever changing nature of the capital. His formidable digital installation at the V&A – a giant, sculptural lantern – is made up from a series of screens through which fast moving data streams are visualised, coaxed into unfolding shapes and patterns of light and colour.’

The V&A has opened up areas in the roof space of the museum that have perviously never been accessed by the public for the Prism installation by Keiichi Matsuda. The prism sits in the pitch black room below the cupola above the main entrance hall. It is lit up by live information streams which are represented by moving and changing projections onto the facetted fabric faces. Information such as the energy being used by 10 Downing Street, the depth of the Thames, the number of Boris Bikes being used and the amount of pollen in the air are represented on the prism.


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