This week I went to see the temporary London Design Festival piece ‘Prism’ at the V&A.
Prism presents an alternative view of London, exposing unseen data flows in the capital through a sculptural, immersive interface suspended in the V&A’s uppermost cupola. The installation is an investigation into the virtual life of the city, and our own often ambiguous relationship with the data that controls our lives.
To get to see it you have to sign a release and then be led up a very narrow spiral staircase, never previously accessed by the public, which leads you right to the top of the V&A. After you see the Prism you are led up more spirals to the roof of the V&A, where there is a 360 degree of London; a nice contrast to the artists’ perspective of London shown in Prism.