Material History / Virtual World

Welcome to Material History / Virtual World, the 2021 graduation show of the V&A/RCA History of Design MA programme. Here you can explore the research of this year's graduating cohort through an online symposium, publication and show. 

 

Rooted in the physical spaces and events we normally occupy, this website offers a chance for students to share their research projects undertaken over the last 18 months.

Stylised map of the V&A museum

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Yarden Levy

Yarden Levy

ZeYi Lai

ZeYi Lai

Alyssa Myers

Alyssa  Myers

Xiaoyu Chen

Xiaoyu Chen

Fleur Elkerton

Fleur Elkerton

Felix Rolt

Felix Rolt

Shawkay Ottmann

Shawkay Ottmann

Toni Rutherford

Toni Rutherford

Krystyna Spark

Krystyna Spark

Xingyuan Han

Xingyuan Han

Freya Purcell

Freya  Purcell

Eve MacNeill

Eve MacNeill

Tomas Brown

Jordan Mitchell-King

Jordan Mitchell-King

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Abigail Barthee

Abigail  Barthee

Emma O'Regan-Reidy

Emma O'Regan-Reidy

Dorotea Petrucci

Dorotea Petrucci

Claire Wimbush

Claire Wimbush

Anna Talley

Anna Talley

Ling Cai

Ling Cai

Deepika Srivastava

Deepika Srivastava

Genevieve Drinkwater

Genevieve Drinkwater

Maximilian Glatzhofer

Maximilian Glatzhofer
Tomas Brown

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Knowledge

Exchanges

The acts of teaching, performance, craft, digital experience, are all interactions which involve a transfer and creation of knowledge between different groups of people. Here, get to know how knowledge exchanges happen among craftspeople, dressmakers, diverse collaborators involved in the creating designed artifacts, among many others.  

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Public

Practice

How are different ideas of design and material culture communicated to the wider world? Here, get a glimpse of how different media such as print, digital technologies, photography, and social media websites, shape the lives of designers, consumers, museum visitors, and ordinary people living through war.

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Missing

Perspectives

Inclusivity and diversity are the buzzwords of today, but really how inclusive are our historical narratives? Visit this section to find little-known stories of women collectors in 18th century Europe, North America, and South America, objects created by prisoners in Soviet Gulag, and so many others.

Intersecting

Spaces

Physical spaces have several dimensions. They run through the domestic, urban, private, public, and are where lives are lived, and ideas and objects are produced and consumed. Get a glimpse into how different spaces intersect and interact to shape the lives of their inhabitants, across geographical boundaries and time.