Barbican Weekender: Natural Circuits
    Barbican Centre, London, UK

    3 & 4 November 2012, 11am – 6pm
    All events are free (except evening concerts in the Hall)

    This autumn, the combined force of nature and human creativity take centre stage with the return of the Barbican Weekender. The theme Natural Circuits celebrates the influence of digital technology on the arts, offering two packed days of workshops, performances and interactive installations for anyone eager to try something new.

    Activity will range from Claire Collison’s Tweet Poetry writing sessions to MZTeK's Beatbox T-Shirt which gives participants the chance to hack circuits and design garments that make sounds at the touch of a fabric button.

    There will be workshop sessions for families including Black Country Atelier’s 3D Printed Wildlife, where children can generate their own woodland animal shapes using 3D printing techniques, while budding musicians can create and add their own sound to an evolving piece of digital music with Off Modern’s Build a Band.

    Other highlights of the Weekender include Hidden Fields / dance room spectroscopy , an installation that transforms people’s own physical energy fields into sounds and images as they dance; Dan Shorten’s IMPish BEHAVIOUR, premiers new interactive software for video mapping, which gives the illusion of the walls moving and the landscape shape shifting; and with YrWall, visitors can pick up a spray can and graffiti their own design on the digital canvas.

    Step into The World of Hugh Hughes to put your feet up, hear some stories and return to your childhood in his family living room. When Hugh returned to his childhood home in Llangefni to help his mum move house, it unleashed a tide of memories. Explore the online relics of Hugh’s childhood and help to generate a digital museum of memories, inspired by Hugh’s past and your own. The installation is part of Hugh Hughes’ brand new show at the Barbican, Stories from an Invisible Town.

    Visitors will also have the chance to take the mic in pop-up live talk show Talkeoke hosted by The People Speak or join in with If you cannot see our light, a mobile musical performance where participants become part of a walking orchestra carrying sound-speakers as they create enchanting sounds in the Barbican foyers – no musical ability required.

    Sean Gregory, Director of Creative Learning, Barbican, says:

    “The Weekenders are two day public events that see the Barbican Foyers brimming with lively and creative arts activities for everyone. They are free and are full of new experiences in a dynamic place where artists’ create interactive events and performances. These are always fun, stimulating and sometimes even thought provoking. We are particularly excited about ‘Natural Circuits’ because it’s a chance to explore your personal interaction with the arts through digital technology. Above all, it’s a great opportunity to enjoy your own creative potential – which is what Creative Learning at the Barbican is all about!”

    Throughout the weekend there will be live performances from the London Symphony Orchestra Digital Ensemble and the Barbican Young Poets, alongside the chance to experience Rain Room in the Curve, an interactive art installation by Random International who invite you to walk through a 100 square metre field of falling water and experience how it might feel to control the rain.

    On Saturday 2 performances of O liver Knussen’s fantasy operas Where the Wild Things Are and Higglety Pigglety Pop! take place in the Barbican Hall (age guidance 7+). Based on the beloved eponymous children’s books by Maurice Sendak, and performed by Britten Sinfonia, the operas are presented as multimedia staged concerts directed by Netia Jones, who animates Sendak’s original images and integrates live and filmed moving images into opera performance. Visit the mini-site for more information, games, and a competition: http://www.barbican.org.uk/wildthings/

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    Notes to Editors

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    Stories from an Invisible Town, Hugh Hughes
    28 November 2012 - 8 December 2012 / 19:45 / The Pit
    Much-loved emerging Welsh artist Hugh Hughes returns to the Barbican with a brand new show. When Hugh Hughes returned to his childhood home in Llangefni to help his mum move house, a tapestry of memories from his past began to unfold. In Stories from an Invisible Town, Hugh, with his sister Delyth and brother Derwyn, shares these family stories with the audience in an unpredictable, playful and engaging evening. The live show is presented alongside a unique new online space, www.invisibletownstories.co.uk, where visitors can get lost in a collection of reminiscences manifested as short films, photographs, animations, maps, diagrams, audio clips and poems. Stories from an Invisible Town is produced by Hoipolloi whose previous shows at the Barbican include Hugh Hughes’ Floating, Story of a Rabbit and 360, with all three also presented as a trilogy, The Wonderful World of Hugh Hughes, in autumn 2010. (The Pit, 28 November – 8 December, press night Thursday 29 November, 7.45pm, #InvisibleTown)

    Rain Room , Random International
    (4 Oct 2012 – 3 March 2013, media view 3 Oct)
    Known for their distinctive approach to digital-based contemporary art, Random International’s experimental artworks come alive through audience interaction. For The Curve, Random create a new space for visitors to walk through and experience how it might feel to control the rain. On entering Rain Room, the visitor hears the sound of water and feels moisture in the air, before discovering the thousands of falling droplets respond to their presence and movement.

    About the Barbican
    A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Our creative learning programme further underpins everything we do. Over 1.5 million people pass through our doors annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. Our architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, the Pit, Cinema One (with Cinemas Two and Three opening in Beech Street in October 2012), Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, foyers and public spaces, a library, Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants.
    The Barbican is home to Resident Orchestra London Symphony Orchestra ; Associate Orchestra BBC Symphony Orchestra ; Associate Ensembles The Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia , and Associate Producer Serious . Our Artistic Associates include Boy Blue Entertainment , Cheek by Jowl and Michael Clark Company . International Associates are Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam , New York Philharmonic , Los Angeles Philharmonic , Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and Jazz at Lincoln Center .

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