Barbican's Digital Revolution exhibition
celebrates creative computer coding

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An immersive exhibition demonstrating creative uses of computer coding – from vintage video games to animated robots – opens today at the Barbican Centre in London (+ slideshow).

Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican

Digital Revolution celebrates how digital technology has influenced and transformed different creative disciplines, including music, film, games, and art.

Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican

Curated by Conrad Bodman, the exhibition in the Barbican Centre's Curve gallery space includes new commissions by digital studio Universal Everything, artists Umbrellium, and a collaboration between musician Will.i.am and designer Yuri Suzuki.

Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican

"Showcasing a new generation of artists, designers, filmmakers and musicians, Digital Revolution celebrates creatives who are pushing artistic boundaries across the arts using digital media," said project commissioner Neil McConnon.



Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican

The first in the series of sections looks back at the history of digital technology, displaying the first computers, early video game consoles and vintage arcade games, from the 1970s onwards.

Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican

The next space, titled We Create, is dedicated to projects that make the user part of the development process through DIY programming and crowdfunding.

Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican

Creative Spaces features the Oscar-winning visual effects for Christopher Nolan's 2010 movie Inception by Double Negative and Alfonso Cuaron's 2013 film Gravity by Framestore, which can be explored and manipulated on large screens.

Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican

In comparison to the Hollywood blockbusters, this section also showcases visual effects by emerging film makers. Among them is Kibwe Tavares' 2011 sci-fi animation Robots of Brixton, in which a downtrodden robot workforce battles with police against a backdrop of dystopian architecture.

Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican

The Sound and Vision an animated version of Will.i.am's face follows each visitor around a small room while singing a track written for the exhibition. This is paired with an analogue interpretation of the music, represented by brass machines encased in three glass pyramids by Yuri Suzuki.

Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican

Interactive and digitally created music videos for tracks by Arcade Fire, Björk and Brian Eno can also be watched and listened to.

Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican

State of Play focuses on engaging and interacting with digital projects using camera-based systems such as the Microsoft Kinect.

Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican

Installations as part of the DevArt section include a screen that displays the viewers as moving sketches and three giant white panels that transform the silhouettes of visitors standing in front into birds.

Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican

Finally, Our Digital Futures presents experimental work from architects, designers and artists. It features Studio XO's work with Lady Gaga, Pauline van Dongen's photovoltaic fashion and The Unseen's garments embedded with colour-changing ink.

Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican

As well as the ticketed exhibitions, installations are scattered throughout the Barbican Centre for anyone to interact with.

Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican

A multi-screen installation of digital sketches by Universal Everything is located at the centre's Silk Street entrance. Visitors can contribute their drawings to the piece both in the venue and online.

Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican

Installed in the foyer, Minimaforms' exhibit Petting Zoo is formed from robotic arms that interacts with passers by and simulate participation using lights, sounds and movement.

Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican

Digital Revolution runs until 14 September.

Digital Revolution exhibition at the Barbican

In 2012 the Barbican hosted rAndom International's Rain Room installation, where visitors could play in the rain without getting wet.

Photography is by Matthew G Lloyd.