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Videogames, robots to be stars of V&A Dundee 2019 international program

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-11-22 09:30

The V&A musuem stands alongside the RRS Discovery in Dundee, Scotland, Britain. [Photo provided to chinadaily.com.cn]

LONDON - Britain's newest major museum, the V&A Dundee, is host the first ever exhibition to focus on the complexity of videogames as one of the most important design fields of the age, it was announced Wednesday.

The museum which opened earlier in September said videogames, robots and the future of design will be explored in its 2019 international exhibition program.

One of the highlights of its videogames event, which runs from April 20 to September 8 will be a spectacular show, Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt.

The museum in north east Scotland hopes its first full-year program will attract many of the estimated. 2.2 billion people who play videogames worldwide, from commuters playing on mobile phones to eSports professionals watched by tens of thousands of spectators.

The exhibition will focus on videogames designed and developed since the mid-2000s when major technological advancements transformed the way games are designed, discussed and played.

From multi-million-dollar blockbuster titles to smaller independent games and the work of DIY artists from a hacker/maker culture, the exhibition will explore current international debates as well as the creative contributions made to game culture by the players themselves.

As part of the program, V&A Dundee today called on designers with a link to Scotland to submit proposals for a digital game commission that explores character development and the idea of self in videogames.

Later in 2019 V&A Dundee will examine the current boom in robotics with the exhibition Hello, Robot, the first time the event has been featured in Britain.

Design between Human and Machine which will run from November 2 to February 2020 the groundbreaking exhibition will investigate the science and fiction of robots and looks at how they are changing the world we live in.

Posing a series of provocative questions, the event explores how popular culture has shaped the perception of robots and artificial humans, the impact the technology has had on industry and the increasing blurring of the boundaries between human and machine.

"The exhibition shows the startling impact robots have already had on our world from fashion to architecture and even social care. Hello, Robot. Design between Human and Machine gives a comprehensive look at the current state of robotics and provides a fascinating vision of the future," said a spokesperson for V&A Dundee.

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