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Sony set to release AR version of David Bowie exhibit

Daily Mail - Science & tech

If you missed the'David Bowie is' exhibit on its world tour, you're in luck. Sony Music Entertainment, the David Bowie Archive, Planeta and the Victoria and Albert Museum have launched a'digital recreation' of the exhibit that brings an augmented reality and virtual reality-based experience to your smartphone. In what the parties describe as a'first of its kind' experience, they've crafted a series of audio-visual spaces where viewers can witness the work and artifacts of Bowie's life. Sony Music Entertainment, the David Bowie Archive, Planeta and the Victoria and Albert Museum have launched a'digital recreation' of the exhibit that brings an augmented reality and virtual reality-based experience to your smartphone '3D scans will preserve and present his fabulous costumes and treasured objects in meticulous detail,' according to a release on the official David Bowie site. 'The experience may even allow a spectator to virtually step into one of Bowie's outfits and see themselves in it.'


London's V&A museum reveals a brief history of underwear

U.S. News

Think of it as Victoria's (and Albert's) secret. London's Victoria and Albert Museum has peeled back fashion's layers to expose everything from long johns to lingerie in "Undressed," an exhibition tracing the hidden history of underwear. For centuries, people have worn undergarments for practical reasons of protection, hygiene and comfort -- but there has always been an element of sexuality and drama as well. "Something we wanted to correct in the exhibition is the assumption that all historical underwear is plain," researcher Susanna Cordner said Wednesday. She said early underwear involved a simple cotton or linen garment next to the skin, "but then you would get little fashion flairs and little bits of exhibitionism."


Kate Middleton Appointed First Royal Patron Of Victoria And Albert Museum

International Business Times

Kate Middleton is appointed as the first patron of a popular museum. On Monday, Kensington Palace announced that Middleton will have an additional role. Prince William's wife was appointed as the first royal patron of the Victoria and Albert Museum. "The Duchess of Cambridge is to become the first Royal Patron of the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Victoria and Albert Museum or V&A is the world's leading museums of art, design and performance.


Controversial art exhibit's closure leaves Japan pondering limits of freedom of expression

The Japan Times

Ever since a section of a public art exhibition in Nagoya was closed after coming under a barrage of complaints and threats, Japan has been in a state of introspection over its freedom of expression. Amid the intense debate, two fundamental questions remain: In the age of social media, did people jump to conclusions about the two artworks at issue, and, is there a point where art becomes too political for the public to stomach? The works in question were video footage featuring an image of Emperor Hirohito (known posthumously as Emperor Showa) being incinerated with a blowtorch, and a sculpture representing "comfort women," who worked in wartime brothels, including those against their will, to provide sex to Japanese soldiers. Emperor Showa was worshiped as a living god before the end of World War II. Still in Japan, more than 70 years later, defacing an image of a modern emperor in the name of art is taboo.


Queen publishes first Instagram post

BBC News

The Queen has posted a photo on the official royal family Instagram account for the first time. She was applauded after sharing an image of a letter from 19th century inventor and mathematician Charles Babbage to Prince Albert. The Queen used an iPad to share the photo as she looked at exhibits in the Science Museum's summer exhibition - Top Secret. The museum's director said it was a "nerve-wracking moment". The Queen's post read: "In the letter, Babbage told Queen Victoria and Prince Albert about his invention, the Analytical Engine, upon which the first computer programmes were created by Ada Lovelace, a daughter of Lord Byron. "Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children's computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post at the Science Museum, which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors." Today, as I visit the Science Museum I was interested to discover a letter from the Royal Archives, written in 1843 to my great-great-grandfather Prince Albert. Charles Babbage, credited as the world's first computer pioneer, designed the "Difference Engine", of which Prince Albert had the opportunity to see a prototype in July 1843. In the letter, Babbage told Queen Victoria and Prince Albert about his invention the "Analytical Engine" upon which the first computer programmes were created by Ada Lovelace, a daughter of Lord Byron. Today, I had the pleasure of learning about children's computer coding initiatives and it seems fitting to me that I publish this Instagram post, at the Science Museum which has long championed technology, innovation and inspired the next generation of inventors. During her long reign, the Queen - Britain's longest-reigning monarch - has encountered many technological changes. She was the first person to have her Coronation filmed when television cameras were allowed inside Westminster Abbey in 1953. More than half a million extra TV sets were sold in the weeks running up to the historic event. She has also seen the introduction of colour television, mobile phones and the internet. She also made the UK's first "trunk call" - a long distance call made within the same country - in 1958. She became the first monarch to send an email when the technology was in its infancy during a visit to an Army base in 1976. Her grandchildren, Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie explained the concept of YouTube to her, and she then launched her own channel on the site in 2007. Five years ago, the Queen also sent her first tweet during a visit to the Science Museum. During that visit she was also opening an exhibition, tweeting: "It is a pleasure to open the Information Age exhibition today at the @ScienceMuseum and I hope people will enjoy visiting.