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V&A and Abertay in joint video game museum venture

The V&A Museum and Abertay University will help develop new ways to display video games in museums. Picture: Reuters

The V&A Museum and Abertay University will help develop new ways to display video games in museums. Picture: Reuters

  • by FRANK URQUHART
 

THE V&A Museum and Dundee’s Abertay University have formed a new research network to develop new ways of displaying game design in museums.

The project - Video Games in the Museum - is one of six new networks funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to help shape the future of video game innovation.

A spokeswoman for Abertay University said: “Academic, cultural and industry partners will take part in a series of workshops starting in March 2014 at the V&A in London and running until the autumn of 2015.

“The project intends to expose the design decisions made by a range of creative games professionals in order to better understand and communicate new and emerging design practices.

“This project will create an innovative methodology for video game acquisition and display, which will go beyond a currently passive, ‘off the shelf’ approach, by collaborating closely with academic and curatorial experts, journalists, and developers to create opportunities for further reflection leading to new acquisition protocols.”

The project is being led by Gregor White, Director of Academic Enterprise at Abertay University. He said: “I am very excited about the opportunity to work with V&A, an esteemed international network of academics and some of the biggest names in the industry to find new ways to interpret and exhibit video games in museums.

“With the support of the Arts and Humanities Research Council this project will help the public understand the high levels of creativity and innovation in the games industry, showcasing the different artforms that combine to produce interactive digital entertainment.”

Kieran Long, Senior Curator of Contemporary Architecture, Design and Digital at the V&A, said: “This is a unique opportunity to work side by side with industry leaders to present their work in a unique light.

The V&A is a museum concerned with creativity and process, and here we have the opportunity to research one of the most prolific and urgent design disciplines.”

 

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