Un-making Things 2018

Un-making Things has been a legacy of the V&A/RCA History of Design programme. During the last few years, it has evolved to include multidisciplinary perspectives to the discourse surrounding design history and practice. With the new 2018 editorial team, we intend to continue evolving and make academic research more accessible in the very short time

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Interactive Histories: Reconstruction

New historicism holds that literature reconstructs history. Reconstruction history is an interpretive behaviour, and the interpretation of interpreters invariably bears the imprint of their own experience.[1]The American historian Hayden White argues that the deep structure of history is poetic, which is essentially a linguistic interpretation with the concomitant of all the language components[2]. He has

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Material Memories

A set of interactive museum displays aiming to capture the current history of archeological museum artefacts in material form. It is a project reimagining the room of a museum as a machine; a machine that is powered by visitors’ presence. The displays in this museum are equipped with metal disks whose sole purpose is to transduce

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Sixteenth Century Sardinian Lacis

The production of lace across Europe in the sixteenth century was a vital part of early modern fashion history. The elite desired lace as it was the ultimate status symbol. The complexity of lace making can be seen in its expansive production and design historiography.[1] There are three techniques used when making lace – lacis, bobbin

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Brass Monkeys

Seals have been used throughout history to mark, to authenticate and to formalize agreements. A mark of communication.  A mark of a presence of authority – trapping their secrets within, travelling across borders and timeframes. They form part of the origin perhaps of today’s emojis, each with their own unique design and sense of place

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