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Digital Revolution

Interative digital installation

An immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music and video games

Digital Revolution explores and celebrates the transformation of the arts through digital technology since the 1970s. For the first time, the exhibition brings together a range of artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers, all of whom are using digital media to push the boundaries of their field.

The show also looks to the future and considers the impact of creative coding, DIY and maker-culture, digital communities and the creative possibilities offered by augmented reality, artificial intelligence, wearable technologies and 3D printing.

Digital Revolution presents a number of new installations. Umbrellium, best known for its large-scale and mass-participatory outdoor events, presents its first work within a theatre setting - an immersive installation that fills the space with a series of interactive laser sculptures. Universal Everything, one of the UK's leading media art studios, presents a piece allowing visitors to submit a hand-drawn animated artwork that features within the gallery.

The exhibition also includes new commissions from global music artist and entrepreneur will.i.amYuri Suzuki, Pasha Shapiro and Ernst Weber. It also features new work from a range of artists and performers including Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Chris Milk, Aaron Koblin, Björk, Amon Tobin, CuteCircuit, together with work by Oscar®-winning visual effects (VFX) supervisor Paul Franklin and his team at Double Negative for Christopher Nolan’s ground-breaking film Inception (2010).

DevArt, a collaboration between the Barbican and Google, presents four new gallery commissions by Karsten Schmidt, Zach Lieberman, Varvara Guljajeva and Mar Canet, all of which push the boundaries of coding as a creative art form.


‘A landmark show‘
Rachel Campbell-Johnson, , The Times
‘Incredibly immersive‘
John Wilson and Aleks Krotoski,, BBC Radio 4 Front Row


Photo of Digital Revolution installation at Barbican Centre

Watch: Welcome to Digital Revolution

Discover the rise of digital creativity across the arts as Barbican Guest Curator Conrad Bodman, takes us on a tour of our new immersive exhibition, Digital Revolution.  

Photo of person with laser in Umbrellium Assemblance at Digital Revolution

Watch: Assemblance by Umbrellium

We speak to Umbrellium's Nitipak ‘Dot’ Samsen and Usman Haque about their immersive and collaborative three-dimensional light experience, commissioned for Digital Revolution.

Installation photo of Google DevArt artists at Digital Revolution

Watch: Google DevArt - Art Made with Code

DevArt celebrates art made with code, by developers using technology as their canvas and code as their raw material to create innovative, interactive digital art installations, as seen in Digital Revolution

Photo of visitor in Digital Revolution

Watch: Chris Milk's Treachery of Sanctuary

The Creator's Project speak to artist Chris Milk about his immersive installation, The Treachery of Sanctuary, that sees visitors transform into a bird

Photo of artist Matt Pyke from Universal Everything

Watch: Universal Everything - Together

We sat down with artist Matt Pyke at his home in the Peak District and asked him what inspired his latest crowdsourcing artwork, Together, as seen at Digital Revolution.

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