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Two new digital commissions in the Barbican foyer

Two new digital installations by emerging artists, each responding in new ways to the spaces around the Barbican and the people within it, will be displayed within the Centre.

Edgelands, by Seth Scott with Hannah Bruce and Company, is a composition of found sound from around the Barbican Estate and new writings. Using a series of sensors positioned across different levels of the Barbican’s public spaces, soundscapes will be triggered directly from audience’s mobile devices, allowing them to explore the history of the site.

David Hunter’s Approximate, a giant head installed with a camera that will project audiences’ pixelated reflections onto its own translucent façade, is an exploration of our fascination with self-representation. A resident of Fish Island Labs, the arts and technology incubator set up by the Barbican and The Trampery, David Hunter draws upon the monumental sculptures of ancient civilisations for this interactive digital installation.

Edgelands and Approximate join the previously announced spatial installation Possibly Colliding by Berlin-based studio FELD and Cosmic Teta, a colossal woven sculpture by artist Maria Nepomuceno which hangs from the ceiling on the ground floor and descends through the central space. Also in the Barbican foyer, Towards the Mean: Sampling Britishness Today, is an interactive installation designed by Marianna Holm Hansen and Seth Scott, and explores questions of national identity in a multi-cultural and globalised society.


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All our installations are free to the public.

Edgelands runs across the Barbican Foyer from 23 May–7 October 2016 and Approximate runs across the Barbican Foyer from 30 June–30 September 2016.