New Barbican exhibition offers a journey through Science Fiction

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2016-06-30 15:37:23

A new exhibition exploring the world of science fiction has opened at the Barbican Centre in London.

'Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction' spans everything from film and television to literature, art and design.

The exhibition will feature objects as diverse as contemporary artworks and 19th century manuscripts, comic books, vintage posters and movie props, displayed across four distinct sections: Extraordinary Voyages, Space Odysseys, Brave New Worlds and Final Frontiers.

"Science fiction is responsible for some of the world’s most iconic film, music, literature and art," said the exhibition's curator Patrick Gyger. "Today, the interaction between digital, virtual and physical spheres further blurs the boundaries between it and our current reality.

"From 19th century cabinets of curiosities to cyberpunk, Into the Unknown takes a fresh and at times subversive look at the new territories, lost worlds, cosmic possibilities and virtual universes that traverse the broadest parameters of human imagination and yet are often instantly relatable." 

The exhibition will include works from major collections including the Paramount Archives, The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation, Warner Bros. Corporate Archive, Weta Workshop, the personal archives of SFX artist Patrick Tatopoulos and the private collection of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.

Amongst the highlights already announced will be concept art and models from films including Godzilla, Stargate and Dark City; film clips from classic movies; original manuscripts from iconic authors such as Jules Verne; vintage comic books, pulp magazines, posters and robots; and work by sci-fi-influenced contemporary artists such as SodaJerk and Eija-Liisa Ahtila.

"Science fiction has enjoyed a fascinating transition from niche to pop culture in recent years but still evokes strong emotions in many," added Neil McConnon, Head of Barbican International Enterprises.

"We were keen to develop an exhibition that presents a new take on this broad genre by encompassing a variety of art forms. We hope it will appeal to everyone from science fiction aficionados to sceptics and all those in between.”

Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction runs at the Barbican Centre in London until Friday September 1, 2017.

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