V&A Friday Late

31 Mar 2017

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Last Friday in every month (except May & December)

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Friday Late is FREE and drop in

V&A - Victoria & Albert Museum

England, United Kingdom


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  • C1,14,74,414
  • South Kensington

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Bread, dosh, dough. Whatever name you give it, it is hard to define our relationship with money.  As the new 12-sided £1 coin enters circulation, the V&A delves into your wallet to trace the history of money, the challenge of counterfeit and attempts at alternative economies.

Highlights of the event include a display and talk by the Royal Mint which will track the history, design and production of the new pound coin. Artist duo They Are Here will present an interactive installation ‘Tantalus’, inspired by the Ancient Greek myth, which invites visitors to approach a £5 note suspended on a golden thread which is ultimately out of reach, representing the strain of unattainable desire.

Dr Emma Newport will take a look at how and why women have been depicted on money. From Britannia to Fry to Austen, this talk will question money's uncomfortable relationship with figureheads and femininity. Brixton Pound will take over the fashion gallery with a talk and workshop exploring community currencies and questioning what are where we place value.

Visit the V&A on Friday 31 March from 18.30 – 22.00 for the original free contemporary late night event and explore the curated programme of live performances, workshops, installations, talks, films and DJs, with bars, food, and late-night exhibition openings.

Les Sept Mercenaires 
Grand Entrance 
From the jawline of Kim Il Sung to the curls of Queen Elizabeth, artist Philippe Pétremant transforms bank notes into absurdist portraits using origami folds. Piece together the global figureheads that feature in this photo series of portraits, created from currencies around the world. 

Bigfun Dan
Grand Entrance 
Purveyor of all things fun, Dan is never afraid to use the lowest common denominator to get the crowd moving. From nostalgic House, Disco to Grime and 90s Hip Hop, dance the night away with the former pirate radio DJ as he spins a special playlist all about cash. 

Grand Entrance 
In Greek mythology Tantalus was damned to eternal punishment, standing in a pool of water beneath a fruit tree with low branches, but with the fruit and water ever eluding his grasp. Tonight money will hang from a golden thread, but as you approach the note is raised out of reach.
theyarehere.net | @theyarehereyeah

Design Your Currency 
South Asia, Room 41
The Nehru Gallery
19.45 – 20.30 and 20.45 – 21.30
In November 2016 India’s Prime Minister announced that all 500 and 1,000 rupee notes, accounting for 86% of the currency in circulation, would cease to become legal tender. Simultaneously a new 2,000 rupee note was introduced provoking mixed reactions amongst the Indian population. Using this new note as a springboard for discussion, create your own currency with V&A Research Assistant Zara Arshad. Explore how currencies are designed and discover the meanings we create through their colour, symbols and patterns. 

The Fiction of Money
The Raphael Cartoons, Room 48a
Lay back on a pile of giant coins and absorb yourself in the invisible flow of money. Overhead a short film asks you to consider the virtual territories of currency by taking you on a fieldtrip to the trading floors of Canary Wharf investment bank J.P.Morgan.

Common Understandings of Money Speak 
The Raphael Cartoons, Room 48a
Do you know your commodity from your commerce? Can you tell the difference between risk aversion and behavioural economics? Apply your knowledge and imagination to a piggy bank of economic terms, helping The Alternative School of Economics to build a collection of common understandings of money speak.

Brixton Pound 
Fashion, Gallery 40
Discover the covert financial propaganda that lurks in every pocket, as the Brixton Pound comes into circulation at the V&A. For one night only, exchange your sterling for this alternative currency to buy yourself a drink at the bar. Join the debate as we explore money’s place in a fairer world, or pick up a Brixtopian Manifesto to find out more about building an alternate currency and nation-state. Want to join the revolution? Then customise your clothes with messages of positive financial resistance together with fashion activists #BodyPolitic.
brixtonpound.org | @brixtonpound

£1 Coin 
Medieval & Renaissance, Room 64b
The Simon Sainsbury Gallery
Talk: 19.00
As the new £1 rolls into circulation join the Royal Mint Museum to discover the history of the denomination, whilst uncovering the significance behind the coin’s varying designs and inscriptions. Throughout the night you can come see the new 12-sided £1 coin and follow its design process, from counterfeit prevention through to production. 
royalmint.com | @RoyalMintUK

Walden Note-Money
Medieval & Renaissance, Room 50b
The Paul and Jill Ruddock Gallery
This musical sculpture invites you to step into the world of the Walden Two, a utopian novel by behavioural psychologist B. F. Skinner. Building on Skinner’s ideas, this futuristic musical payment machine emits melodious noises, which denote the destruction of money that occurs during each of its transactions. Come listen to its dissonant chords as it churns out an ever-changing pattern of notes and hums. 
austinhouldsworth.co.uk | @AusHouldsworth

Currency Design for an Age of Extreme Technology
The Lydia and Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre
As the world moves toward digital currency and virtual transactions, our tangible understanding of money and its value is becoming lost. Join designer Gadi Amit as he talks to V&A curator Johanna Agerman Ross and showcases his conceptual currency Scrip. Scrip is a tactile payment device for digital transactions that attempts to reintroduce the values of fiscal responsibility and mindful consumption to the digital age. 
newdealdesign.com | @gadi_amit | @JohannaAgerman

Credit and Credulity: Women, Money and Image
National Art Library 
Join Dr Emma Newport to question money's uncomfortable relationship with figureheads and femininity. This talk asks why mints depict people and symbols on coins and paper money? What do we mean when we talk about value and worth?

Please note coats and bags are not permitted in the Library. Please leave these items in the cloakroom.
womenmoneymarkets.co.uk |@WMMConference

Jane’s Tenner 
National Art Library 
A depiction of Jane Austen will shortly embellish the new £10 note. Explore a small display of Austen novels from the National Art Library, exploring the role of design and illustration in the selling of books.

Please note coats and bags are not permitted in the Library. Please leave these items in the cloakroom.

Coin Collecting 
Sacred Silver and Stained Glass, Rooms 82 – 84
The Whiteley Galleries 
Collecting coins is a hobby that has fascinated mankind for centuries. Tonight The London Mint Office showcases the most important coins in its collection, including the first sovereign to be designed and created in 200 years. londonmintoffice.org |@mint_office

Shadow Gallery
Tapestries, Room 94
It need not cost an arm and a leg to become a museum donor. Have you considered ‘physical philanthropy’? Instead of your name on the wall, your likeness becomes part of our exclusive V&A shadow gallery. Visit the 3D Scanning Department, to see if you have the necessary capital to donate pieces of yourself to our ever-growing collection.

Future of Money Award
Leighton Corridor 
The Future of Money Award teams designers with those in the financial industry to challenge the current technological, social and cultural monetary direction. Six of the winning entries from the past eight years are presented in a showreel, alongside some of the design briefs which informed their creation. futuremoneyaward.com | @FOMaward

Fool the Expert
Lunchroom, Learning Centre
Drawing inspiration from the V&A collection, build a new artefact to fool the experts. Whether it’s a golden crown, bejewelled brooch or ancient masterpiece, take your object to the valuation station and try to pull the wool over the eyes of our highly trained experts. If successful you'll receive a certificate of authentication and the offer to cash in your counterfeit.

Royal College of Art | @rcavisualcomm

The Cost of Equality
Europe 1600 – 1815 Galleries
The Salon, Room 4
Come peruse our non-linear timeline as it takes us around the world to uncover just what the cost of economic equality is for women. Track the shifting tides in regulation and social norms, to explore women's historically oppressive relationship with money.
cargocollective.com/emmahursey | @emmahursey

Illustration by Sophy Hollington


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