Enter a realm of digital creativity at the Barbican’s most immersive exhibition to date, Digital Revolution…
From robotic pets to wearable technology, the Barbican’s newest, festival-style exhibition is a celebration of digital creativity, bringing together artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers, each showing off their most impressive developments. Comprising of both interactive art works and exhibition-based displays, the fascinating exhibition features commissions by the likes of art duo, Umbrellium, known for their large-scale and mass-participatory outdoor events, Will.i.am and the Oscar-winning VFX team behind Inception. With its seven sections including Digital Archaeologies’, We Create’, Digital Music’ and Our Digital Future’, it’s the most comprehensive presentations of digital creativity ever to be staged in the UK – so prepare to be inspired.
Digital Revolution runs at the Barbican Centre until 14 September.
Image: ISAM, 2011 Amon Tobin Image courtesy of Calder Wilson.
Fashion technology studio CuteCircuit present iMiniskirt, worn by Katy Perry at the iTunes Festival, a piece of clothing that lets you express yourself and share emotions in an instant by displaying videos, active animations and live tweets.
Image: Fashion technology studio CuteCircuit present their A/W 14/15 Collection in London. Courtesy CuteCircuit.
Experimental architecture and design practice Minimaforms offer Petting Zoo (2012), an interactive installation featuring three animalistic creatures in the form of robotic arms which interact and stimulate participation with users through kinetic, sound, touch and illumination.
Image: Petting Zoo, 2013 Minimaforms, Theodore Spyropoulos and Stephen Spyropoulos Photo by Apostolos Despotidis Image courtesy the artist.
Filmmaker and artist Chris Milk’s major interactive work, The Treachery of Sanctuary, is being presented for the first time in the UK. This three-screen shadow play installation explores life, death and rebirth through a moving onscreen narrative which visitors can interact with.
Image: Treachery of Sanctuary, 2012, Chris Milk Image courtesy Chris Milk and copyright Bryan Derballa With special thanks to The Creator’s Project Photo by: Bryan Derballa.
Pauline van Dongen’s Wearable Solar (2013) is a project that explores the possibilities of photovoltaic fashion. Solar cells have been constructed to capture solar light and convert it into electricity – a coat and a dress have been designed placing these solar cells close to the body. The two wool and leather prototypes comprise parts with solar cells which can be revealed when the sun shines or folded away and worn invisibly when they aren’t directly needed.
Image: Pauline van Dongen, Wearable Solar, 2013. Copyright: Mike Nicolaassen Image courtesy Pauline van Dongen.
Usman Haque and Dot Samsen from Umbrellium, known for their large scale mass participatory interactive outdoor events, have produced their first artwork for an indoor space, Assemblance. This immersive experience takes over the Pit, creating a three-dimensional light field in which people can shape, manipulate and interact with luminous forms, blurring the distinction between the physical and the virtual.
Image: Assemblance, 2014 Umbrellium Image courtesy of Umbrellium.
Creators of The Eyewriter, a device that lets individuals with paralysis communicate and create art using eye movement, The Not Impossible Foundation debut their latest project BrainWriter (2014). The new technology allows people to communicate with the outside world using just their brainwaves. Visitors are guided by a specially commissioned videogame.
Image: Eyewriter The Not Impossible Foundation Image courtesy The Not Impossible Foundation.
‘We Create’ explores projects that allow people to become the creators, including Chris Milk and Aaron Koblin’s crowd-sourced tribute website, the Johnny Cash Project, which allows people to contribute a frame to an online filmic tribute to Cash.
Image: The Johnny Cash Project, 2010 Directed by Chris Milk Creative Director Aaron Koblin Image courtesy of Chris Milk and Radical Media.
For its global launch at the Barbican, arts and technology studio Seeper have created a living wall called Straws that allows visitors to sculpt responsive 3D forms into a video wall. Made of 3D pixels, or straws, which move in and out of its surface, Straws can recognise and take the physical form of people standing in front of it.
Image: Concept sketch for Straws, 2014 Seeper, seeper.com.