All of this belongs to you V&A
For a shot of civic duty and electoral inspiration, we recommend All of This Belongs to You. This engaging V&A election exhibition invites you to reflect on citizenship, technology, privacy, surveillance, and on the role of public spaces like the V&A museum within society.
This laboratory inspection of public life features over forty exhibits, including Edward Snowden’s hard drives of top-secret documents leaked to the Guardian and a remotely operated selfie stick from the V&A collection. You’ll also find four specially commissioned installations, such as Natalie Jeremijenko’s fascinating moth cinema, which puts the ecosystem of these fluttering creatures under the microscope.
There are also online elements, like the Liquid Citizen app from Dutch graphic design studio Bitcaves that shows how citizenship can be purchased or revoked around the world.
There are a whole host of events running along side the exhibition, but for a real buzz of excitement on election night, you can pay a visit to the special late opening at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
All of this belongs to you opens at the start of April, just as election campaigns begin in earnest, and you don’t have to pay a penny to get in.
Our perspective: a curious collection but no cohesion
All of this belongs to you contains some works of aesthetic interest – Jorge Otero-Pailos’ Ethics of Dust, which exposes the industrial chimney beneath the V&A’s cast of Trajan’s Column – and some thought-provoking ideas, like the Guardian’s destroyed Snowdon hard drive. What it doesn‘t manage to do is make many coherent points about art and society, public and private spheres, and the effect of technology on our rights. Instead, the exhibits fall back on standard ideas of relational aesthetics and the utility of art, making arguments well-trodden since the advent of Duchamp’s urinal. The displays’ scattering throughout the huge gallery only adds to this confused sense of purpose. A shame, since so many of the objects are curious themselves. It's certainly worth taking in the exhibition on a wander around the magnificent permanent collections, but it unfortunately doesn't amount to a reason to visit.
|What||All of this belongs to you, V&A|
|Where||V&A, South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL | MAP|
|Nearest tube||South Kensington (underground)|
01 Apr 15 – 19 Jul 15, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
|Website||Click here for more details|