Digital Revolution

Art

Mixed media

Barbican Centre

Until Sun Sep 14

  • Umbrellium

    Umbrellium
  • Petting Zoo

    Petting Zoo
  • Our Digital Future

    Our Digital Future
  • Attack of the Mutant Camels

    Attack of the Mutant Camels
  • Chris Milk

    The Treachery of Sanctuary, 2012

    The Creators Project, a partnership with Intel and VICE. Photo: Bryan Derballa

    Chris Milk
  • Section four Creative Spaces

    'Inception'

    © Warner Bros. Entertainment 2010 1

    Section four Creative Spaces
  • Herbert Franke

    Still from an animation film 'Rotationen – Projektionen', 1974

    © Herbert Franke

    Herbert Franke
  • Beat Box Linn LM1 Drum Computer

    Photo: Image courtesy of Gary Land

  • Nathan Stapley

    'Broken Age', 2013

    Image courtesy of Nathan "Bagel" Stapley.

    Nathan Stapley

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Digital Revolution 2014

  • Date Time Price information
  • Tue Sep 2
    11:00
    £12.50, child aged 12-17 & NUS £8.50, child aged 5-12 £5, under 5s free, concs £10.50
  • Wed Sep 3
    11:00
    £12.50, child aged 12-17 & NUS £8.50, child aged 5-12 £5, under 5s free, concs £10.50
  • Thu Sep 4
    11:00
    £12.50, child aged 12-17 & NUS £8.50, child aged 5-12 £5, under 5s free, concs £10.50
  • Fri Sep 5
    11:00
    £12.50, child aged 12-17 & NUS £8.50, child aged 5-12 £5, under 5s free, concs £10.50
  • Sat Sep 6
    11:00
    £12.50, child aged 12-17 & NUS £8.50, child aged 5-12 £5, under 5s free, concs £10.50
  • Sun Sep 7
    11:00
    £12.50, child aged 12-17 & NUS £8.50, child aged 5-12 £5, under 5s free, concs £10.50
  • Mon Sep 8
    11:00
    £12.50, child aged 12-17 & NUS £8.50, child aged 5-12 £5, under 5s free, concs £10.50
  • Tue Sep 9
    11:00
    £12.50, child aged 12-17 & NUS £8.50, child aged 5-12 £5, under 5s free, concs £10.50
  • Wed Sep 10
    11:00
    £12.50, child aged 12-17 & NUS £8.50, child aged 5-12 £5, under 5s free, concs £10.50
  • Thu Sep 11
    11:00
    £12.50, child aged 12-17 & NUS £8.50, child aged 5-12 £5, under 5s free, concs £10.50
  • Fri Sep 12
    11:00
    £12.50, child aged 12-17 & NUS £8.50, child aged 5-12 £5, under 5s free, concs £10.50
  • Sat Sep 13
    11:00
    £12.50, child aged 12-17 & NUS £8.50, child aged 5-12 £5, under 5s free, concs £10.50
  • Sun Sep 14
    11:00
    £12.50, child aged 12-17 & NUS £8.50, child aged 5-12 £5, under 5s free, concs £10.50

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Curated London

Digital Revolution is the Barbican’s epic survey of digital creativity - past, present and future. Through a series of themed rooms, visitors can explore the use of technology to create ever-more engaging art, games, films and music.


The main venue is the 90-metre-long Curve gallery, which has been packed to the rafters with artefacts, displays and art, all accompanied by a cacophonous soundtrack. While appearing chaotic, the whole thing is wonderfully orchestrated. The overall impact is to delight and amaze, although it’s not the sort of space in which you’d want to spend all day.


The exhibition opens with early (and working) examples of the first home computers and video games - a real nostalgia trip - in a section titled Digital ArchaeologyWe Create explores the increasing availability of technology and its role in making creators of us all. Creative Spaces is an immersive section which gives the secrets of the visual effects from Inception and Gravity.


Musician and entrepreneur will.i.am is one of many performing and visual artists to create bold new work for Sound & Vision. Chris Milk’s epic interactive experience The Treachery of Sanctuary is an exhibition highlight in State of Play. The final space in the gallery, a co-commission with Google called DevArt, is a celebration of art made with code. 


The fun doesn’t end there - the rest of the Barbican Centre is filled with exciting and highly engaging activities and displays. Worth a special mention - not least because it is so hard to find and likely to be missed - is Umbrellium’s Assemblance. This immersive, interactive experience takes place in the Pit Theatre (follow the signs). As well as being technically very accomplished, it is also tremendous fun for adults and kids alike.


This is an ambitious exhibition, even by the Barbican’s standards. The content is diverse and interesting. The curation is creative and engaging. Production values are extremely high. While this won’t be to everyone’s taste, it’s hard to imagine what more they could do to make digital technology more fun.


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