Wednesday Walkthrough: Charlotte Johannesson

A figure stood in between two screens
Photo: Adrian Vitelleschi Cook
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Join us for a Wednesday Walkthrough – a gallery tour where artists, experts, researchers and academics give short talks in their field of expertise relating to the concepts explored in our exhibition.

In this walkthrough curator of Digital Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum Melanie Lenz will discuss the relationship between textiles and computing. We will explore the reoccurring motifs in Charlotte Johannesson's work and consider the concepts and context in which it was made. Focussing on the significance of the Digital Theatre, the first digital arts laboratory in Scandinavia, we will reflect on the practices of an earlier generation of women who were at the forefront of art and technological creations. Women, who like Johannesson, utilised and repurposed technologies to developed dynamic, experimental and innovative pieces and invented new ways of working.

Using key objects in the V&A’s digital art collection, this walkthrough reflects on a generation of pioneering female artists and focuses on a diversity of approaches and methodologies including data as an artistic medium, computer programmed choreography, interactive and computer graphics. It contextualizes early digital practices and documents the significant contribution of artists inspired and empowered by the creative potential of new technologies.

About the event

Free. Limited Capacity.

Booking is required.

The duration of the event is one and a half hour. A rest break is not included. Seating is available.


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Speakers will use microphones.

This event is wheelchair accessible.

There are no audio descriptions for this event.

If you have any questions around access or have specific access requirements we can accommodate, please get in touch with us by emailing or phoning 0115 948 9750.

Safety during your visit

Please do not attend this event if you/someone in your household is currently COVID-19 positive, has suspected symptoms or is awaiting test results.

Staff and visitors are welcome to wear a face mask in all areas.

Melanie Lenz is the curator of Digital Art at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Based in London, she has over 20 years’ experience of curating, commissioning, and delivering creative projects. Specialising in digital arts and culture, Melanie curated solo shows by Maryam Hina Hasnain (2021) and Steve Parker (2020) at Rich Mix, London and co-curated the V&A exhibition Chance and Control: Art in the Age of Computers (2018-2019). She has published papers on early computer art in Latin America, gender and technology, collecting and conserving digital art. She has convened conferences on art, design and new technologies for health and has initiated art partnerships with a variety of organisations including Women Who Code and Great Ormond Street Hospital. She is a judge for the Lumen Prize for Art and Technology and has broadcast about digital art on Resonance FM, Radio 4 and BBC 2.

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