Science fiction @ The Barbican

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Londoners I’ve been out and about in galleries again this week and it brought me to The Barbican’s ‘Into the unknown’ exhibition.

If you haven’t been to The Barbican before, it is a strange concoction of a building. With a maze of levels, corridors and lifts that drop you at hidden floors. This building legit looks like something from George Orwell’s 1984; which makes it perfect for an exhibition about the future, science fiction and space exploration.


‘Into the Unknown: A journey through science fiction’ exhibition is perfect if you’re a big fan of sci-fi films. It’s running until September 1st and is a reasonable £14.50 pp. Science fiction 

With 4 separate areas, this exhibition first takes you on a historical trip through sci-fi paraphernalia. With early HR Giger sketches from the film ‘Alien’, you are drawn through the room of drawings, models and attention grabbing prints. See the space suit from ‘Interstellar’ with a narrative of extraterrestrial exploration and cabinets of vintage aeronautical engineer adverts in abundance.

Next move into visions of the future as seen from the 1950’s. Let’s say they had big dreams for flying cars and robots…instead, we have Kylie Jenner and a twerking hot dog on Snapcha but nonetheless, the artwork and ideas are awesome. In this section see the theorised metabolism movement of architecture and Scott Richards (among others) future city design, which are sick. Science fiction 


Future city Scott Richards
Scott Richards


The next stage takes you to a fairly average gaming station where you can play old logic style computer games – it didn’t really float my boat. You will find single player classic computer games if you do fancy a break. Science fiction 

On from there, we come to a 30 min film called ‘In the future, they ate from the finest porcelain’ by Larissa Sansour & Soren Lind. Without giving too much away, this indie film tackles the idea of false facts, discovered in the future. These guys were definitely taking some funky shit when they came up with this idea but it’s awesome. You can check out the clip here.

Lastly head down to the basement for an installation by Conrad Shawcross called ‘In light of the machine’. It’s kind of like a giant robot, pointing at you with a light, set in a giant paper sculpture which plays with light. Big, bold and weirdly threatening.

If you go, let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

Sum up:

For me this event was: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Perfect for 👍 : Sci-fi film lovers
Not perfect for 👎: People who don’t like reading much
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