Like a scene from the Cliff Richard movie ‘Summer Holiday’, the V&A Dundee ‘Design in Motion’ bus pulled in to Edinburgh last week.
I took the opportunity to take a tour at its stop-over in George Street. In collaboration with the Travelling Gallery, the bus is showcasing the work of contemporary designers trained or based in Scotland who engage with the challenges of digital technology.
The interior of the bus has been created to a high specification and displays examples of recent projects in the fields of gaming, heritage conservation, fashion, jewellery, product design and textiles. Edinburgh College of Art (ECA) alumni Holly Fulton’s laser-cut and digitally printed couture evoked the machine age aesthetic of Paolozzi, and our colleague Geoff Mann, Programme Director of Glass at ECA, showed the haunting trace of a moth around a light bulb. They were joined by Anarkik3D’s haptic 3D modeling tool, the Digital Design Studio’s virtual representation of iconic Scottish and international UNESCO sites, Lynne MacLachlan’s striking printed jewellery, Sarah Robertson & Sarah Taylor’s delicate fibre-optic lace and Sophia George’s innovative Strawberry Thief game utilizing the V&A’s famous William Morris fabric design.
In the bus, mid-day shoppers and curious local workers mingled with V&A staff who were able to talk through the context of the work in a much more intimate and informal space than would be possible in a formal gallery setting. It was an inspiring example of the democratic potential of mobile exhibitions and an interesting taster of what’s to come in Dundee.
The bus continues its tour through Scotland until the weekend of June 20th, when it completes its journey to South Kensington.