Prism

Sep

14-28

2012

V&A Commission

An installation by Keiichi Matsuda, commissioned by Veuve Clicquot

Prism presented 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 was an investigation into the virtual life of the city, and our own often ambiguous relationship with the data that controls our lives.

First time visitors to London Design Festival are often blown away by the scale and variousness of the city they've come to. How do you even begin to represent such complexity?

London-based designer, digital artist and film-maker Keiichi Matsuda's Prism presented 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 - was 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. From transport data to economic statistics, Matsuda's Prism fed on the digital outputs of the city and transformed them into an astonishing living patchwork. As Matsuda said, "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." 

Commissioned by Veuve Clicquot

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