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Into the Unknown

Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction is the genre-defining exhibition of art, design, film and literature.

Into the Unknown brings together artists, designers, filmmakers, SFX specialists, musicians and writers all testing the boundaries of reality through some of the most experimental works of all time. Curated by Swiss historian and writer Patrick Gyger, this festival-style exhibition explores the classic narratives of science fiction and presents them from a new, global perspective.

Into the Unknown takes you on an extraordinary journey, from the 19th century cabinet of curiosities to the vast vistas of space, through future cities and into the inner landscapes of human perception.

Uncover hidden gems from manuscripts by Jules Verne to props and models from blockbuster films including Star Wars™, Star Trek, Interstellar, District 9, Alien, Jurassic Park and Godzilla. Interact with new work by the Oscar award-winning VFX specialists behind The Martian, adventure into a gallery of aliens and discover vintage postcards and advertisements promoting Soviet visions of space. Discover the ways in which contemporary art has employed science fiction as a framework to address the important and sometimes subversive questions of our time, with work by Larissa Sansour, Soda_Jerk, Dara Birnbaum, Trevor Paglen, Conrad Shawcross, Frances Bodomo and many more.


‘an unmissable snapshot of this vibrant genre‘
Steve Dinneen, City AM
‘The Barbican goes boldly to a galaxy far, far away - and the result is a true sci-fi journey‘
Ben Luke, Evening Standard
‘The Barbican has turned into sci-fi heaven‘
‘with hundreds of artefacts, the show will delight sci-fi connoisseur and novice alike‘
The Daily Telegraph


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