V & A – Friday Late!

OK so Pink Spider Web is back in London.
There are a lot of choices… a lot of things to do while in London however..

This one pulled me in…

” Friday Late began in 1999, establishing the much-copied format for London cultural centres’ evening events. The programme celebrates all aspects of contemporary visual culture and design in society, bringing audiences face-to-face with both leading and emerging artists and designers. By providing a platform through which to test ideas and challenge convention, Friday Late aims to inspire and provoke, whilst encouraging audiences to interact with the Museum’s collections in new ways. ”



I’m really impressed and amazed by The V & A activities and curation.
Last summer the PSW went to the Bowie exhibit.. a great contemporary museum experience from both Music and Visual perspectives!
It feels like V & A is “with it”! They’ve got it.
This was also clear by the amount of attendance…. People line up for this!
They come! London appreciates this!







Quite an extensive and pretentious program too!
Music, sounds and visual
All coming together for an amazing all around experience.
The Pink Spider Web took a closer look at some exhibitors…

First off
TM01 The analog synthesizer
In their ow showroom T M instruments had put up TM01
a fully analog mono synthesizer.
Sadly very little was explained… hmm change that to:
Nothing was explained!
Yes, one could play around with the sound altering altrernatives,
but no explanation or information or demonstration was offered by the exhibiting company.


Photo: Tamara Cartwright-Loebl


Photo: Tamara Cartwright-Loebl

To quote from their pamphlet:
” In an age of iPhone Apps and Microcontrollers, our choice to create a product that is completely analogue means we can achieve a warmth, richness and saturation in sound which is not recreateble by digital emulators.”
Unfortunately their we site isn’t much help either

This is what it sounded like:



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Then “ototo” :


Photo: Tamara Cartwright-Loebl

Here PSW got a little personal introduction to the little “ototo” board.
Really fun that a museum like V and A arranges exhibits that allows us visitors,
to touch, to try, to use our sensory organs in a fuller experience.
According to their web site (link below),
“Ototo is an all-in-one musical invention kit which allows you to make an instrument any way you want.”





Next stop was a stop I, Anna, personally really enjoyed!
This was an encounter and a personal meeting that really got the brain started spinning.
We have quite a lot of preconceived notions and ideas about sound and how it is distributed. It’s time to shake this up…beyond spotify, iTunes, mpegs…

Here is Conductive Ink!! Sound going truly visual!

Please meet Scot Jones and Future Formats.



and YES, Read about it and be as amazed as I was….
I really hope to meet up with Scott again and have him talk to sound and image people across the globe. This is a bit mind altering…


Friday Late! – Yet another truly amazing experience in a setting among statues and monters… I really must say V and A Museum is a favorite spot in London…
Next I’m heading back there for the
“Club to Catwalk” exhibit



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