artefacts do not exist in a space of their own, transmitting meaning
to the spectator, but, on the contrary, are susceptible to a multiform
construction of meaning which is dependent on the design, the context
of other objects, the visual and historical representation, the
artefacts can change their meaning not
just over the years as different histriographical and institutional
currents pick them out and transform their significance, but from
day to day as different people view them and subject them to their
Smith, C. Museums, Artefacts, and Meanings. The New Museology. Vergo,
P, ed. pp19. Reaktion Books Ltd, London, 1989.)
The 'Artefact' Project takes this fluidity as its starting point.
The 'Artefact' can be viewed from two perspectives:
on the internet, where it is interactive and can be manipulated
(Gallery 70 at the V&A), which can only be viewed in its protective
and its interpretation panel slowly evolve as visitors to the website
play with it and reinterpret its meaning.
At the core of the Artefact Project is a 3D database drawn from
the V&A Collection. For the duration of the show the 'Artefact'
evolves through a generative breeding of this 'genetic' information.
At some point
in its evolution the 'Artefact' will become the collection.
The MODEL production
team working on the Artefact project are:
Gavin Baldwin, Geoff
Cox, Victoria de Rijke,
Howard Hollands, Mike
Artefact code and 3D models by Justin
project is supported by:
Artefact is part of the Digital Responses series of exhibitions
in Gallery 70 at the V&A Museum May 16 2002 to 12 February 2003.
Digital Responses V&A Museum.
MODEL / Barbara Rauch & Liz Chandler
May16th - June 9th
Shelagh Cluett / Raz Barfield
June 13th - July 14th
Tom Corby & Gavin Baily
July 18th - August 11th
August 15th - September 8th
Chris Meigh-Andrews / Charlotte Hodes
September 12th - October 13th
Stella Whalley / Cian Quayle
October 17th - November 10th
Naren Barfield / Jon Pengelly
November 14th - December 8th
December 12th - January 12th 2003
Kathy Prendergast / Paul Coldwell
January 16th - February 9th 2003
Jane Prophet / Sean Hall & Terry Rosenberg
February 13th - March 9th 2003