Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction is a major exhibition that explores one of pop culture’s most celebrated worlds. Featuring works that have yet to be shown in the UK, this unprecedented show encompasses music, film and art to present a new, global perspective on science fiction.
Into the Unknown will be organised into four key chapters – Extraordinary Voyages, Space Odysseys, Brave New Worlds and Final Frontiers – that will each explore classic narratives of the genre in new ways. The exhibition will include pieces from the private collection of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, original artworks from films like Godzilla, Stargate and Dark City as well as original manuscripts from iconic authors such as Jules Verne.
Contemporary artists such as Soda_Jerk and Eija-Liisa Ahtila will feature in the show alongside new commissions from designers including Territory Studio, who draw upon their motion graphics work for The Martian (2015). More than 200 books from around the world, as well as iconic film clips, pulps, adverts, comics, posters and robots, will also be on display.
Part of the Barbican’s 2017 Film in Focus programme –a year celebrating the power of the moving image and its influence across the arts –this exhibition will be accompanied by cross-arts shows and events including four science fiction inspired performances from techno-pioneer Jeff Mills; as well as the first Barbican Outdoor Cinema which will screen cult films including Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction is created and co-produced by Barbican International Enterprises, Brandts – Museum of Art & Visual Culture, Denmark, and Onassis Cultural Centre, Greece. It will be staged at both venues before embarking on an international tour. Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction runs from 3 June 2017 to 1 September 2017.
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