In 2014 I curated an installation and event series for London Design Festival at the V&A Museum, exploring how design alters our perception of reality.
I developed the programme by working with architects, galleries, universities and artists. As well as developing the film programme (sponsored by MUBI), I curated a week-long installation of short films showcasing cutting-edge motion graphics, CGI environments and digital art.
LOST HIGHWAY + INTRO
7pm – 10pm, Saturday 13 September 2014 | Victoria & Albert Museum Lecture Theatre
Home to some of the most remarkable spaces in contemporary culture, the cinema of David Lynch demonstrates an acute awareness of architecture. From the urban wastelands of Eraserhead to the eerie Red Room in Twin Peaks, Lynch’s architecture is anxious, absurd and utterly distinct.
Richard Martin, author of The Architecture of David Lynch, introduces Lynch’s uncanny noir thriller, and discusses how we might unlock the secrets of Lost Highway by looking carefully at the film’s design elements and architectural spaces.
SPEED RACER + INTRO
2pm – 5pm Sunday 14 September 2014 | Victoria & Albert Museum Lecture Theatre
An over-the-top, sensory-overload CGI experience determined to replicate its frantic Japanese TV anime origins, the Wachowski’s Speed Racer is one giant whoosh of colour, movement and kaleidoscopic motion graphics.
In his passionate introduction to the film, award-winning games designer and filmmaker David Surman celebrates the kitsch beauty of Speed Racer‘s world and its unapologetically vibrant design in an age of cookie-cutter blockbusters.
A.I. ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE + INTRO
7pm – 10pm Saturday 20 September 2014 | Victoria & Albert Museum Lecture Theatre
From Westworld to Wal-E, Hollywood’s fascination with robots has created films that ask serious questions about human identity, technology and responsibility.
Professor Mark Bishop, a world authority on artificial intelligence, introduces the dazzling sci-fi created by Stanley Kubrick and Stephen Spielberg in which a prototype robot child named David (Sixth Sense’s Haley Joel Osment) is programmed to ‘love’. Examining the film’s exploration of cognitive computing design, Professor Bishop traces the film’s genesis in Kubrick’s earlier 2001: A Space Odyssey and A Clockwork Orange, and discusses its relation to current A.I. technology and philosophy.
10.30am–5.30pm, 18 – 21 September 2014 | British Galleries Film Room, V&A
A free programme of short films showcasing cutting-edge motion graphics, CGI environments and digital art on film, running throughout London Design Week. Curated by me, Factory Fifteen and UAL’s Penny Hilton, the films play on a loop throughout the V&A’s opening hours – drop in whenever you like.