Arriving at the V&A at around 2pm I had no idea where to start or where the Design Festival objects were, after a brisk walk round I only managed to find a few. I latched onto a Design festival tour guide and made my way through the festival. It was great to hear what the pieces were about, the history of the artist and to hear other peoples comment and interpretations about them. My favorites were the Ogham Wall and Mise-En-Abyme. The Ogham Wall was extremely overpowering and strong, but not in the slightest intimidating. I think because of its connection with nature, selective placement of being in the Irish Tapestry room; which creates a warm welcoming feeling, and lastly with its beautiful aesthetic you feel at ease with the blocks of concrete. The element of touch and interaction with the slabs created a connected atmosphere with the blocks and everyone in the room. Each individual having there own moment with a large bit of concrete and nickle, really looking, touching and understanding the objects and room. Mise-En-Abyme was another favorite because it was another interactive piece, not just with the participant, but with the fellow room below. It was giving you a sense of perspective and explanation of the contemporary piece. The tour guide stood us on the bridge before it to look at a medieval painting showing perspective and the trick to it, then leading through the piece you really got a feeling and understanding of how the paintings were produced, and why we look at them with a 3D aspect.
The Festival was a real eye opener and great inspiration giver. Even though I will most likely never produce what was being shown there, it has given me many ideas, thoughts, discussion topics and lastly; it was just pure fun.