Two interactive installations by Fabrica will be hosted at CAFA Art Museum in Beijing within the exhibition of the V&A Museum "Decode: Digital Design Sensations". The exhibition, launched last December, offers a major survey of the best contemporary digital art and design from around the world, and, following the public and critical acclaim obtained in London, it has started a worldwide tour with CAFA as first stop, from October 19 to November 21. Decode is an exhibition curated by the V&A and the leading digital arts organization onedotzero.
Venetian Mirror is a large scale interactive installation blending contemporary digital technology with traditional Venetian glass. When the visitor walks up to the installation, their image doesn't immediately appear in the mirror. Only if they keep very still, will the reflection slowly appear, like a photograph being developed. The combination of high tech and traditional design invites the audience to reflect on the duality of new and old, and the mystery of time itself. It is an interactive piece which engages the sense of proprioceptivity - the sense of oneself and one's body, in the here-and-now. The cut of the glass pieces resemble a broken mirror - an allusion to the fragility of time. Venetian Mirror is by Andy Cameron and Sam Baron with Oriol Ferrer Mesia, Goncalo Campos and Dave Towey.
Exquisite Clock is a clock made of numbers taken from everyday life - seen, captured and uploaded by people from all over the world. Built around an online database, the clock exists as a web 2.0 website, an iPhone application and as a series of site specific installations. The V&A Exquisite Clock is a hanging sculpture of deconstructed computers, screens and cables which visitors are invited to contribute to and interact with. Exquisite Clock is by Joao Wilbert. iPhone development is by Steven Baughman.