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New commission for Concert Hall Wall

The Barbican and Christie®, a global leader in visual and audio solutions, are pleased to announce a major five-year partnership that will see Christie providing leading visual technology to the Centre.

To coincide with this new partnership, the Barbican Centre is inviting artists, collectives and designers across all disciplines, including those exploring digital technology and new media, to respond to the phrase: What’s going on here, then?

The commission forms part of an ongoing foyer commission programme, which extends ambitious, international artistic programme beyond the walls of the venue and into the public spaces. The chosen work will be installed from late January until May 2017 on the Concert Hall wall, a site that can be viewed from the stalls floor on level -1, from the ground floor and the balcony flor on level 1.

Recent foyer projects include Numina by artist Zarah Hussain, a large sculptural work exploring Islamic geometry, and let’s take a walk, an interactive audio experience created by theatre makers non zero one. Artists submitting works for this new commission are encouraged to produce broad and imaginative responses and conversations to What’s going on here, then?.

The shortlisted competition entries will be judged by Alona Pardo, Associate Curator, Barbican, James Belso, Christie, artist Zarah Hussain and Freire Barnes, Art & Design Editor at the Culture Trip. In addition to a commissioning fee of £2,500, the selected artist will be provided with technical support, including a state of the art Christie Digital Laser Phosphorus projector.

Across the Centre, Christie will supply the latest laser phosphor projecters, LED video walls, Christie® MicroTiles® modular display technology, as well as Christie Pandora Box media servers to provide high performance rendering of all visuals.


Read the full press release in our newsroom and find out more about the application process.

The deadline for entries is Wednesday 4 January 2017 at 12pm, and the selected artwork will be displayed from late January 2017.