London based-designer Keiichi Matsuda’s creation puts emphasis on our relationship to data in a rapidly digitalized society.
In the form of a sculptural lantern, Prism displays a series of screens projecting real-time streams of data about London. Conceived as a representation of the city’s complexity, the installation contains 5 projectors projecting information such as transport updates, traffic webcams and environmental data. Made out of Japanese washi paper on an aluminium structure, the work of art offers a 360-degree perspective on London at the moment of speaking.
Commissioned by Veuve Clicquot, Matsuda’s Prism is installed in the cupola of V&A Museum’s Ceramics Galleries, opened to public visit for the first time for this event. Once we’ve laid eyes on the piece of art and immersed in a consideration on our relation to our virtual traces, we are invited to take it to the next level, literally speaking. The group of 6 visitors is guided on a spiral staircase leading on the top of the cupola displaying a wonderful view on London’s brick buildings and autumn trees. As designer Keiichi Matsuda depicts it, the project in its unity is “a kind of panorama over physical London as well as the panorama of the digital London”.
„The concept of the piece is about trying to expose the hidden processes and flows within the city, and recontextualise it as a mixed reality environment,“ he added. Should you like to find out more, here’s Keiichi talking about his project on Crane TV.
Photos courtesy of Shameer Subratty
Sources : Keiichi Matsuda, whom I thank for taking the time to answer my questions