On the last Friday of every month the Victoria & Albert Museum host an event called Friday Late. I have wanted to go for a long long time and this Friday was the first opportunity! And it was fab!
On the 26th March, The V&A teamed up with Hide&Seek to fill the museum with social games and playful experiences. It was a brilliant atmosphere filled with music, laughter, smiles, and noise. The place was buzzing. It was such a different experience from going to visit the V&A during the day.
Pervasive gaming galore! You couldn’t help but have fun, every where you looked there were games and game players in abundance. Social gaming in cultural spaces is a really brilliant idea it encourages players to engage with each other and the space around them in a different way. Producing more meaningful and unexpected engaging experiences. I took two of my friends who had never been to the V&A before, and they had a grand old time, and we are now looking forward to the Friday Late on quilts next month. We had playful, engaging and a surprising night. Unexpected parlour games, fake moustaches (which I loved) and lots and lots of paper mess made for a brilliant experience. One which I can’t wait to do again. It is not for the faint hearted, its not really the place to be shy, it forces you in a playful and big smiling way to go up to complete strangers and interact. Unfortunately I got lynched in one the games due to people suspected me as a werewolf, but nevertheless I feel I took my death remarkably well. Culture and fun should be synonymous, and in this instance it really was. Pervasive and social gaming could easily fit into every museum I have ever been too and every museum I am ever likely to go to in the future. In fact it would be brilliant if more and more museums took it up.
There is a pretty cool video that shows some of what was going on.
Hide&Seek also do regular evenings of social gaming which I’m definitely thinking about checking out. And you’re more than welcome to join me. The more the merrier!
2 thoughts on “V&A lates Playgrounds: moustaches, warewolves and pinkfluffy stuff”
Hi Clairey, thi seems like a fantastic opportunity for folk to enjoy the museum without it seeming its usual stuffy self. I’m looking into subject matter of this nature as part of my dissertation and intrigue in cyber heritage.
Would you be kind enough to have a look at my blog under ‘Accessibility, museums and games’ and let me have your thoughts.
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