A 30 Day Happening
A Project by Doug Aitken

27 Jun—26 Jul


What is Station to Station?

Doug Aitken's Station to Station project crossed North America by train in 2013. Travelling 4,000 miles from the Atlantic to the Pacific over 24 days it involved artists and performers from all different backgrounds and created a platform for them to collaborate through a series of events in major cities and off-the-grid locations.

Doug Aitken is a Californian artist internationally renowned for a diverse body of work that ranges from photography, sculpture and architectural interventions, to films, sound, single and multi-channel video works and installations. His work has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions across the world. Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening at the Barbican builds on his Station to Station journey and is the only international leg of the project.

Is it free?

You can visit Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening as often as you like, daily from 12–6pm for free.

What do I need a ticket for?

We have some special ticketed events taking place on Thu, Fri & Sat evenings ranging from a host of intimate performances in the Art Gallery to large shows in the concert hall. We've got everything from DJ nights to live soundtrackings and unique collaborations with some big names including Terry Riley, Suicide and Savages. These special experiences will have a small fee, but they'll be worth it.

What can I expect when I visit?

No two days of Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening will be the same, with over 100 artists programmed. The Barbican will be transformed by a series of residencies, one-off performances, talks and workshops. This means that whenever you visit, something new and exciting will be happening.

From 100 cactus omelettes prepared for diners to Ed Ruscha's special recipe and Tal R's Rosa Pagoda woodblock studio making fresh prints daily to Pedro Reyes' spiritual speed-dating, an 88-cymbal-players performance in the Concert Hall led by the Boredoms and a specially commissioned interactive laser installation by Aaron Koblin and Ben Tricklebank transforming the Curve gallery - you never know what you might stumble upon.

Come along and see The Vinyl Factory pressing limited edition vinyls, pop into immersive yurts constructed by Kenneth Anger, Urs Fischer, Liz Glynn and Ernesto Neto, view a multi-coloured smoke installation by Olaf Breuning's and enjoy late evening screenings on the Sculpture Court of Winslow, Arizona 9/19/13 - Stephen Shore's photographic slide show of 180 images shot over one day.

If you know when you are due to come, why not use our interactive timetable to map out the possibilities?

Who is it aimed at?

Station to Station is aimed at all ages, with free events and things to do throughout the day for everyone.

Children under 5 years are not permitted in The Curve. Parents and carers are asked to closely supervise children aged 5 and over are closely supervised at all times.

It is important to note that there are some films on show within Station to Station that contain materials that may be unsuitable for a family audience or that some may find disturbing. These specific works are on show at restricted times and in specific locations. We will ensure that visitors are informed in advance. Front of House are on hand for any questions.

What's the last admission time?

30 minutes before the exhibition closes.

Can I book in advance?

Entry to the art gallery is free between 12noon and 6pm, on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no advance booking during this time. But of course you can book tickets to our special ticketed events via our website and box office.