New V&A exhibition explores the innovative, rapidly changing designs of videogames, and their ever-evolving cultural and social influence.
Opening this autumn, the Videogames exhibition will explore how contemporary designers, players and critics are pushing boundaries in playful and radical new ways.
The show will focus on videogame design since the mid-2000s, when major technological advancements, such as increased access to broadband, social media and newly available means of making, transformed the way games are designed, discussed and played. From blockbuster releases from Nintendo to independent titles such as Journey by thatgamecompany, Videogames will show the craft and skill of creating ground-breaking videogame design.
Highlights will include glimpses into the creative process Nintendo’s Splatoon (2015), and of The Last of Us (2013) – a breath-taking post-apocalyptic marvel from Naughty Dog, who are currently working on a sequel. Also on view will be the painstakingly accurate recreation of the continent of Westeros from Game of Thrones in Minecraft, and a section exploring DIY arcade games and grassroots gaming culture.
Videogame clips will be presented alongside large-scale immersive multimedia and interactive installations.
To coincide with the exhibition, the V&A said it was inviting applications from UK-based artists and designers to be its video games resident between October and June 2019.
Videogames: Design/ Play/ Disrupt
Victoria & Albert Museum
8 Sept 2018 – 24 Feb 2019