Free events & performances
Subject to Change
17 Dec–31 Jan
What do we know today, and what are the unknowns of tomorrow?
Subject to Change reflects the shifting landscapes of the present through the timeless art of poetry. For each month of 2018, one of our Barbican Young Poets picked a topical subject and wrote a poem providing their own personal reflection on the issue.
Part of our 2018 season, The Art of Change, which explores how artists respond to, reflect and can potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.
5 Jun 2018—May 2019
Borrowed Light is a large scale installation by Troika that transforms the Lightwell of the Barbican into a setting for an artificial infinite loop of sunset and sunrise.
A suspended 20m scroll of slowly moving photographic film immerses the space in a continually changing aura of coloured light. Creating rather than recording reality, it blurs the boundaries between experience and physical spheres, natural and man–made spaces.
Troika often applies high and low technology to the use of non-material or ephemeral media such as light, colour or water to frame experience as something fractured and transitory rather than absolute. With this installation Troika continue their research into the ways technology mediates our relationship with reality and how the digital world increasingly reaches out into the physical one
Troika is a collaborative contemporary art group formed by Eva Rucki (b. 1976, Germany), Conny Freyer (b.1976, Germany) and Sebastien Noel (b. 1977, France) in 2003.
We catch up with Troika, the artists behind the installation.
A companion text to Rachel Ara’s American Beauty (a Trump L'oeil).
Watch: Edgelands - An Audio Journey
Roam the Barbican foyers using headphones to experience this audio journey, reframing the sounds and sights of the iconic arts centre as you discover an architecture of other spaces, resounding with the echoes of its Utopian foundations.