Barbican Weekender: Natural Circuits

Connect to your creative side over two days of free digital activity

3 - 4 November 2012 / 12:00


Throughout the weekend of the 3 and 4 November, the combined force of nature and human creativity take centre stage. Writer Claire Collison will be running a series of Natural Circuits-inspired Tweet Poetry writing sessions, drawing inspiration from the cross-pollination of natural and digital worlds. Tweet dialogues responding to and informing circuits of language will evolve as a Twitter feed displayed around the foyer.

As a gorgeous lasercut forest grows up inside the Barbican, how will we name its flora and fauna? What new language will we need for Black Country Atelier's 3D Printed Wildlife, the woodland creatures and flowers generated by participants over the weekend?

Hacking and embedding small recordable devices into their T-shirts with the help of MzTeK's Beatbox T-Shirt, participants' garments will be able to talk at the touch of a fabric button – but what would our clothes say if they could talk? What would they tweet? And what instruments would we be in a human orchestra?

What will we tweet from an atomic playground? Visitors entering danceroom Spectroscopy (dS) will become an elecrostatic force, where their energy controls the sounds and images in the room. What memories will be evoked and what emotions triggered by Hidden Fields out of body experience?

Eavesdropping is a great source of inspiration, so soundbites gleaned from The People Speak's Talkaoke promise rich pickings. This pop-up talk show around a luminous table – or ‘UFO of chat’ – is where participants take the mic. They determine the subjects of conversation which, whether topical, funny, or out-there, are always compelling and deeply tweetable.

Fragments of tweets will be fed back in various guises: they might become part of the Lumacoustics' YrWall, where participants are encouraged to pick up a spray can, step up to the wall and design and create their own digital canvas. The writing on the wall might evolve into a new tweet. Tweets will talk to walls will talk to T-shirts.

Natural Circuits promises to be a weekend where anything can happen. And when it does, you can be sure there will be a tweet about it.

Also in the centre...
The Saturday features a double bill of multimedia staged concerts by Oliver Knussen - the widely-acclaimed fantasy operas Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop! and you can also visit the the Rain Room, an awe-inspiring art installation by Random International in the Curve.

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In-kind support provided by Samsung

This event is part of:
Families at the Barbican
Theatre & Dance Sep - Dec 2012


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