V&A Dundee to celebrate videogames and robotics

Videogames, robots and the future of design will be explored in V&A Dundee’s 2019 exhibition programme.

Scotland’s first design museum will celebrate the design and culture of contemporary videogames with the V&A’s show Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt (April 20-September 8).

The museum said this is the “first exhibition to fully consider the complexity of videogames as one of the most important design fields of our time”.

An estimated 2.2 billion people play videogames worldwide, from commuters on mobile phones to eSports professionals watched by tens of thousands of spectators.

The exhibition focuses on videogames designed and developed since the mid-2000s when major technological advancements transformed the way games are designed and played.

V&A Dundee will then examine robotics with the exhibition Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine (November 2, 2019-February 23, 2020).

The exhibition will investigate the science and fiction of robots and looks at how they are changing the world in which we live.

Philip Long, director of V&A Dundee, said: “Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt and Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine are both hugely important exhibitions looking at how designers and technology are shaping human experience, both for the better and in ways we find challenging.

“Dundee is a city at the forefront of videogame design and innovation and we are very much looking forward to working with partners and creative collaborators to deliver a unique programme to accompany our next show.”

V&A Dundee opened on September 15 with the exhibition Ocean Liners: Speed and Style.

Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt is on show at V&A South Kensington, London, until February 24. Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine, developed by Vitra Design Museum, has never been shown in the UK before.

Pictured: Splatoon © 2015 Nintendo

Home page image: Vincent Fournier’s The Man Machine is a whimsical look into a world where humans and robots coexist. © Vincent Fournier