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Karine Polwart singing and playing a tambourine on stage

Sound Unbound with Karine Polwart

Folk musician, Karine Polwart, speaks about storytelling traditions in folk music and the importance of place encapsulated in Peter Maxwell Davies’ 'Farewell to Stromness', an unlikely protest song against a proposed uranium mine in Orkney.

Isadora Duncan dancing
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Isadora Duncan: The mother of modern dance

As Viviana Durante Company prepare to pay tribute to the pioneering choreographer and dancer, Isadora Duncan, we learn more about her fascinating history and legacy as a feminist icon.

Steve Reich B&W portrait

Sound Unbound with Steve Reich

In the first episode of our new podcast series, Steve Reich speaks about the profound impact hearing Igor Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring at 14 had on him and his future career as a composer.

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Design Yourself: Evasive Techniques

In the fourth workshop of our Life Rewired inspired Design Yourself project, our young creatives worked with Yoke Collective in a workshop focused on the implications of facial recognition technology.

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Barbican Sessions: Park Jiha


Composer and multi-instrumentalist Park Jiha performs 'The Way Of Spiritual Breath' on live Yanggeum with recorded industrial soundscapes in our Members Lounge.

Animated woman in the sky

Life Rewired Shorts: Web Jungle by Yanqi Liang

What does a ‘free world’ look like for humans? Exploring ideas around surveillance and freedom, animator Yanqi Liang presents 'Web Jungle', a surreal world where civilians are surveyed by a group of administrators who monitor the jungle. 

Trevor Paglen in an exhibition
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Trevor Paglen On 'From Apple to Anomaly'

Exploring the underbelly of our digital world, Trevor Paglen discusses the deeper meanings in his installation in The Curve, revealing the powerful, and often hidden, forces at play in artificial intelligence.

Woman looking at a series of small paintings
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Art for all: ¡30–30! in Mexico City

Embodying the revolutionary spirit of the 1920s, we take a closer look at ¡30–30!, a group whose their socialist ideals to promote affordable and accessible art, as displayed in 'Into the Night'.