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What to do at LDF if you have no clue about design?

September 21, 2012
Writer; Photographer_Belen Palacios. The London Design Festival is here. This week, London is full of talks, previews and exhibitions with all sorts of classy networking events for designers. But if you think that a generic designer mission is matching the colour of the wall to the style of the chairs, you need a change of…
Writer; Photographer_Belen Palacios.
The London Design Festival is here. This week, London is full of talks, previews and exhibitions with all sorts of classy networking events for designers. But if you think that a generic designer mission is matching the colour of the wall to the style of the chairs, you need a change of perspective. Come to the V&A museum (venue hub of the design festival) to experience some of the installations for free.Enter through the Exhibition Road tunnel to Walk the Light (Cinimod Studio) or to feel persecuted by light. For more playful lights walk up to the British Galleries and discover how does it feels to have wings on Ice angel (Dominic Harris). Ice angel and Walk the Light(Dominic Harris & Cinimod Studio) are both interactive pieces that will incorporate you into a light visualization. Both are fun to play with and eye catchy.Head to the Sackler Centre to listen to the Musical table (Kouichi Okamoto) playing 504 monophonic musical boxes. Watch out with Diamandini(Mari Velonaki), a creepy robot that follow you around the hall.Adventure in the backstage of the Henry Cole Wing Grand Staircase for The journey of a drop(Rolf Sachs). It’s as “simple” as a drop falling through a 36m staircase hole. This installation focuses on sound into a visually pleasing explosion of colour. Avoid crowds to feel the drop on its magnitude. It’s a tantric experience!For the cherry on the top of pie, Prism (Keiichi Matsuda) is a must see. In the words of its creator “Prism shows the shadows of data”. More of a visual poem than an actual useful tool, this piece adds to the conversation on the use of data in our 21st century. It gathers instant information about London and visualizes it onto an impressive sculpture that challenges the concept of a screen. Even if this isn’t convincing enough, at least pop in to see the dome of the V&A, as Prismis placed on a cupula never opened before to visitors.It only allows 7 people at once, so make sure you book tickets in advance. Due to its popularity it has been extended to Friday 28th.

If you are still thirsty of experiences, make your way to Trafalgar Square to enter Be open sound portal. A space designed to feel pure soundscapes. Be prepared: you’ll love it or hate it.

You only have until Sunday 23rd, so don’t leave it for tomorrow.

For anything else, check http://www.londondesignfestival.com But be aware: the shoemaker’s son always goes barefoot (meaning: it’s rubbish to navigate).