In the second installment of our collaboration with V&A Dundee, we chatted with mixed-media storyteller; Simon Meek. He founded the Glasgow-based games studio The Secret Experiment which created Beckett, a surreal noir video game. He was the first Designer in Residence at V&A Dundee, during his time there he developed an experimental work of fiction called Fragments of a Fictional Place. Presented as a unique array of digital artefacts, performances and print, each element depicted an event from within an entirely made-up, yet knowingly-familiar, Scottish town.
With an emphasis on physicality and audience interaction, Simon wrote and designed short-form dramas as a collection of experimental interactive works.
Simon created a physical remix of Beckett exclusively for the V&A Dundee shop. This consisted of 55 reality-shaping story cards that you shuffle, crafting a new narrative each time.
Back in 2018 we were asked by V&A Dundee to create a series of videos to celebrate their collaborations with Scottish makers and designers for their gift shop. We wanted to really tell the story behind their inspiration and the work that they created. Over the course of a year we spent time with each designer to learn about how they work. For the project we teamed up with Paved With Gold, and photographer Garry Maclennan.