An interactive exhibition bringing together artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers, all pushing the boundaries of their fields using digital media.
What to expect from an exhibition featuring commissions by participatory-art duo Umbrellium, global music star Will.i.am and the Oscar-winning VFX team behind ‘Inception’? Barbican’s festival-style celebration of digital creativity is the most comprehensive of its kind, with interactive laser sculptures and art-inspired coding competitions among the displays.
Considering digital technology is very much a modern phenomenon, it might seem strange that the Curve gallery is showing a 100-exhibit exploration of its history. Even a cursory glance at classic videogame Pong or the first website created by Tim Berners-Lee prove it’s clearly warranted – these have been a short but metamorphic 40 years in the world of digital.
The exhibition pays special attention to the film and music industries, where new technologies have opened up exciting possibilities for artists across the spectrum. Special effects used in major Hollywood blockbusters are shown alongside digitally screened documentaries by independent filmmakers, while music visualisation apps are joined by Arcade Fire's interactive video. Elsewhere, there’s space devoted to the growth of DIY culture and online video communities, drawing on examples such as Minecraft and Kickstarter.
Naturally, the exhibition alludes to the future of the digital sphere. Wearable technology, 3-D virtual reality gaming and digital performances are among the ideas mooted as the revolutionary inventions of tomorrow.