The original contemporary late night event. Friday Late celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with leading and emerging artists and designers through live performance, film, installation, debate, DJs and late-night exhibition openings.
DJ Sammseed (Grand Entrance, Cromwell Road)
Join South London based DJ Sammseed (Touching Bass and Scene + Heard) in the V&A Grand Entrance as he mixes a timeless journey through Spiritual Jazz, Broken Beats and all the Funky joints in-between.
Connectivity Algorithm (Grand Entrance, Cromwell Road)
Join Playdate Office at this interactive relay station, which will explore wartime semaphore – the Shutter Telegraphs that were once dotted on the prominent hillsides of the south of England. Answer a series of intuitive questions and spin the shutter rotations to create your very own a geometric code. What message will you create?
Talisman and Amulets (Islamic Middle East, Room 42 – The Jameel Gallery at 7pm)
Join Behnaz Atighi Moghaddam as she explores the visible and invisible power of words and signs, both secular and religious, in the Middle East. Learn about the V&A’s collection of talismans and amulets housed in the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art, exploring their significance and social context. Behnaz will take us on a visual journey, looking at how talismans and divinatory sciences are used within contemporary Middle East. Asking us to imagine what place they hold in modern household ritual beliefs and what talisman might look like in the future.
London College of Communication (Fashion, Room 40)
Explore a series of provocative and interactive projects from MA Interaction Design Communication at the London College of Communication. Tonight the projects on display will examine four interpretations of code: universal codes that cross boundaries of time and space, secret codes that obfuscate or protect something; algorithmic codes that move ideas and information through processes; unknown codes that are out of reach or are undiscovered.
Symbols to Move (The Raphael Cartoons, Room 48a at 7:30pm, 9pm)
Join Language of Dance choreographer in this creative dance workshop, which transforms symbols into movement. Uncover this unique alphabet of abstract cyphers used by dancers across the globe. Learn how to translate and interpret the symbols to discover new moves on the dance floor, creating your own shapes and unique patterns.
Moving Through 2 Dimensions (The Raphael Cartoons, Room 48a at 8:15pm)
Join renowned movement specialist Dr. Ann Hutchinson Guest, as she discusses the development of the language of dance. Tracing symbols as far back as the 15th century to the codes used by famous Russian dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky, learn how this distinctive dance heritage has evolved into the modern moves of contemporary dance today.
Tarot Reading (Europe 1600 – 1815 Galleries – The Salon, Room 4)
Fusing the intellectual with the esoteric, join Leona Nichole Black as she reads your cards. Using the universal symbols and archetypes of human experience Leona’s ethos is that tarot is not about the fatalism of future prediction. Instead, Tarot is about finding the language and methods to engage with the unseen parts of ourselves, so that we can live more authentic and empowered lives. Limited capacity. Time slots will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.
Joto’s Robotic Drawing (Sculpture 1300–1600, Room 25)
Watch as Joto robotic drawing system turns intricate pixels into pen & ink. This collaborative project by artists Inconvergent and Variable Studio explores the different results you can get from systems of simple rules, computer coding and algorithms. Challenge Joto to create you a drawing to take home.
Coded Love (National Art Library at 7:30pm)
Queer women have an invisible history, seen by their contemporaries as merely platonic friendships, their existence has been left seemingly undiscovered by society. To many, the hidden nature of female queer experience is what kept them safe in the passages of time. Tonight we lay this history to bare as we uncover codes hidden within the written word to communicate affections covertly amongst female lovers. Join Amy Firth in this talk, which will explore the secret codes buried in pages of our National Art Library Collection.
Please note coats and bags are not permitted in the Library. Please leave these items in the cloakroom.
The Search for a Universal Language (Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50b – The Paul and Jill Ruddock Gallery)
How can we design a language that anyone can understand, even if they aren’t from this planet? Over the past few decades the human race has been sending interstellar messages into space, with the hope of someday making contact with an alien species. Come and find out more about this fascinating method of communication and have a hand at decoding an interstellar message for yourself!
The Ancestor (Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50b – The Paul and Jill Ruddock Gallery)
Standing at an almost human height, bearing neon figures the size of our heads, this digital sculpture seems to simultaneously appear like an abandoned piece of technology, or an almost-human automaton. Watch as the neon as it flickers, as you question our relationships with machines around us, asking yourself – just how much trust should we place in them?
Emoji Decoder (Medieval & Renaissance, Room 64b – The Simon Sainsbury Gallery at 7:45pm) 🤔
Emojis are a hallmark of contemporary digital communication, allowing each of us to imbue our messages with emotional or semantic information that reaches beyond letters and words. But emojis sit at a crossroads between design, business and technology, and there are more nuances to the symbols and their usage than you may realise. Join Keith Broni, the first Emoji Translator, as he unpicks how the interpretation of these symbols have alternate definitions depending on your culture or identity. Question how you read emojis, from the waitress verses hair flick or high five verses praise hands. Illustration by Ben Hutchings.
Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
6:30pm – 10pm
Free, make sure you arrive early!