Barbican – Digital Revolution

Barbican - Digital Revolution

Barbican – Digital Revolution

I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to visit London last week and explore the Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican. The Digital Revolution exhibition explores digital creativity from the 1970s to the future.  It covers “vintage music hardware and video game cult classics, to visual effects in blockbuster films, art made with code and the future of artificial intelligence, wearable technologies and 3D printing.” (Barbican 2014).

As you can see from the images in the gallery at the bottom of the page, there was a vast array of different technologies and artwork on display – some of them you could even try. I really enjoyed playing on the original Pong and Pac-Man machines! As both a digital artist and technology enthusiast, I found the work on display hugely inspiring. In particular I was interested in the interactive art. It was reassuring to see some key works utilising the same technology that I am using for my project. Chris Milks The Treachery of Sanctuary was a highlight. It used 3 Kinect cameras to create a shadow animation of the audience, morphing them into animated shadows in the artwork. The video below shows my experience!

It was also good to see the same Kinect technology being utilised in other innovative ways. In the entrance to the exhibition were robotic snakes you could interact with through arm gestures. I unintentionally discovered a Radiohead music video utilising a similar 3D mapping technique to the one in my project, House of Cards.

Technology is advancing quickly. I did feel slightly old seeing some of the games and technology of my youth in glass boxes in a museum! It also made me think about where technology is heading and some of the exciting new technologies around the corner. The exhibition runs until the 14 September 2014 at the Barbican, London. If you get a chance it’s really worth a visit.


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