Design for Heerlijkheid Park, Hoogvliet, the Netherlands, FAT Architecture, 2004
With the General Election around the corner, the V&A considers the role of public spaces and institutions in its new free exhibition, All Of This Belongs To You. Following the live debates last week, the V&A wants to encourage debate and discussion in its public space, along with an appreciation for the objects displayed. With a physical and online presence, the museum hopes to engage in a discussion on the main themes uniting society and politics- security, surveillance, public space and public institutions.
Four architects, designers and artists have been invited to design four installations, which will form the core of the exhibition. Visitors will be greeted by Natalie Jeremijenko’s Phenological Clock, which forms the centre of her display ‘On Air’, a consideration of the relationship the V&A has with the wider ecology of the city. Work by Jorge Otero-Pailos, muf and James Bridle dominate the display and navigate the visitor through the museum’s duty of care to the public collection, the historical objects within the Medieval and Renaissance galleries and the history and present state of surveillance and state power. In addition to these thought-provoking installations, three more displays will challenge society’s understanding of a public space.
From highlighting the contradictions between our concern for online privacy and our obsession with sharing with social media, the displays present projects that rethink the role of contemporary public space and show ‘civic objects’, which reinforce the themes of the exhibition. Amongst these objects are 40 new acquisitions, including the hard drives, which held the documents leaked to the Guardian Newspaper by Edward Snowdon. Exclusive online commissions by Bitcaves and Kyle Macdonald complete this exciting exhibition. Revolutionary app, ‘Liquid Citizenship’, will be introduced and shows examples around the world of how citizenship can be purchased and revoked. Macdonald’s ‘Exhausting a Crowd’ hopes to encourage the user to annotate videos of major public spaces across London to produce a dense description and record of what occurs there.Cromwell Road London SW7 2RL