Towards the Mean

Sampling Britishness Today

16 March 2016 - 19 June 2016
Fountain Room

An interactive installation exploring how national identity is determined and defined in a multi-cultural and globalised society.
Designed by Marianne Holm Hansen in association with Seth Scott and electronic musicians from the Guildhall School, come and question the idea of identity by having your portrait and voice manipulated into an evolving British ‘average’.

Hear from the artists behind the installation in our short film:

The installation accompanies the exhibition Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers curated by iconic British photographer Martin Parr, presenting a vibrant portrait of the UK from the 1930s onwards.

Accompanying events

Tue 19 Apr 7pm, Fountain Room
Towards the Mean Live

A night of live electronic music featuring Seth Scott and musicians from the Guildhall School working with John Burton (aka Leafcutter John).

Tue 10 May 7pm, Fountain Room
Young Arts Academy Curates
An evening of spoken word, music and debates curated by the Young Arts Academy panel, exploring identity and what it means to young people.

Tue 14 Jun 7pm, Frobisher Auditorium 2 (moved from Fountain Room)
Identity in Britain Today

A panel discussion exploring how our desire to define identity impacts on individuals and society. Curated by Marianne Holm Hansen and Orlagh Woods.

See here for booking information on accompanying events.

This event is part of:
Produced by Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning


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