Paint is dead - long live the pixel!

Besides taking over the world and controlling our minds, computers have some pretty interesting uses when it comes to artistic expression, as the V&A's fantastic new exhibition, Decode: Digital Design Sensations, reveals.

You might not think computer code could be a thrill-fest, but in the hands of the young designers and artists featured in the show it becomes a vital, dynamic, uplifting medium.

Danish collective YOKE will have you using a real hairdryer to blow a digital dandelion; Fabrica will reflect your image (if you sit still for long enough) on a ghostly Venetian mirror; Troika reveal coded messages to you on a giant zoetrope; Aaron Koblin creates intricate patterns of light by tracking our flight patterns; Simon Heijdens projects a digital tree that moves with the breeze outside the museum, the leaves gathering on the floor at visitors' feet.

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Curated by Louise Shannon and digital arts organisation onedotzero, this is a show that may just be showing us the future of art; consider it your duty, as a 21st-century citizen, to check it out. 

Decode: Digital Design Sensations in partnership with SAP opens today and runs until 11 April 2010, V&A, London SW7, www.vam.ac.uk

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