Revolution Exhibtion

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Absolutely mind blowing – best decision I’ve made for this project. I may visit this exhibition purely because I was in a rush this time round and I’d like more time to draw and sketches of some of the things I saw – and because I thought it was a really great exhibition/experience overall. Not to spoil it for others ‘too much’ but there’s even a woodstock section/area near the end of the exhibition!

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Below are some of the things I purchased whilst at the exhibition (Post Cards, Kaleidoscope and Tarot Cards):

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Unfortunately, I forgot to take a notebook with me to the exhibition but luckily I asked politely and was given some scrap paper. I also made some some notes and took some pictures on my phone to mix it up (and to save space on the paper – sadly, I couldn’t take photos inside the actual exhibition, on another note – the badges look amazing through the kaleidoscope):

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(NOTES FROM PHONE) V&A – Revolution Exhibition:

 

Entrance, listening to Magic Bus – Beatles?

 

Changing individuals

Being less selfish, being more caring

LSD – tool

Being self sufficient, self sustainable

 

Through music, Revolution in:

– Identity: swinging London; worlds of fashion, style and look

– ideas: discovering yourself, usually through drugs, UFO club, The Fillmore

– the street: violent political protest

– consuming: counterculture, expo 67′ & 70′

– living: music festivals, Woodstock

– communicating: 1967 summer of love

And then finally, an ongoing Revolution: key concerns – environmentalism, personal computing, neo-liberalism

 

Imagine a better world.

What would you change and why?

Oscar Wilde – ‘the Soul of Man Under Socialism’: “A map of the world that does not include utopia is not worth even glancing at…”

“The times are a-changing” (song)

“tell me, over and over again my friend, how you don’t believe we’re on the eve of destruction” (song)

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. – MARGARET MEAD, 60s

You’re either on the bus or off the bus – Ken Kesey, quoted by Tom Wolfe in the Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, 1968

 

We all want to change the world – what about creating our own personal worlds?

 

George Harrison – Taxman

John Lennon – in my life

Beatles – Yesterday, tomorrow never knows

 

“To make this mundane world sublime,

Take half a gram of phanerothyme.

To fathom hell or soar angelic,

Just take a pinch of Psychedelic.”

Aldous Huxley and Humphry Osmomd (1956)

 

“She’s waiting for things she’ll never never never never possess” (song) – the one jayz sampled – “it makes it easier to bear”

The draft is white people sending black people to make war on yellow people in order to defend land they stole from red people.

 

 

IDEAS:

 

Making an experience in which people are able to expand their thinking in the way that LSD and other Psychedelics did for people in the 1960s.

Create an experience that creates a “revolution in the mind” (like LSD did in the 1960s), without the need to take actual Psychedelic drugs (placebo effect??)

Using techniques such as Op Art, sensory distortion (audio-visual, touch? smell?), illusions, isolation, augmented reality (Google Cardboard), VR(? – Aldous Huxley idea about losing sense of location, becoming other objects, becoming everything? Maybe too much…), live commentary?,

 

Games linked to Op Art:

– Echochrome

– Monument Valley

– Closure? (Eyebrow Interactive)

 

Search up Psychedelic games (link to Google play store ones)

 

 

NOTES:

  • Research Op Art – Bridget Riley, Victor Vasarely
  • Black and White and the figure ground relationship… (could be useful when attempting to make illusions…)
  • Try to recreate these illusion effects – acetate? Draw designs on to acetate sheets and rotate to see what kind of effect this creates (like spinning postcards from exhibition but multiple layers) – make sure they’re loose enough to rotate freely
  • 2D/3D digital optical illusions? Research other optical illusions and other types of illusions
  • AR/VR? Transitions – AR into VR or VR into AR? AR that closes off the room but maps the objects in the room so player can move around? How do you actually leave the camera on with Google Cardboard? Controls (gamepad…)?
  • Explore optical illusions/op art and game ideas, and combine – maybe take words from the exhibition and link to real world objects for game ideas? Could use Andy’s techniques and object lists from last year to help…
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