Barbican takes Hackney Wick within its walls

Interface15: Jasmina in front of her print collage at Interface ex. at Barbican London 210815 ©
Jasmina from Italy with her print collage at Interface. Top, flyer for the show
Xavier Solé's “The Gift of the Gab” at Interface 210815 ©
Xavier Solé’s “The Gift of the Gab” at Interface

THE BARBICAN arts centre has developed a liking for staging events in Hackney.

One of its most popular was the Dalston mirror house two years ago.

Today the process is reversed:  a show called Interfaces is going from  Hackney Wick to the Barbican.

They are a good mix. “An exhibition fusing physical experience, social media and technology — an urban journey between the Barbican and London’s new creative hub” is how it is described.

Somehow it also calls itself Mnemonic City – a “city of memories” that “explores location and how stories are embedded in urban space”.

Dalston House 26 June – 4 August 2013 1-7 Ashwin Street , Dalston E8 3DL 200613 © David Altheer
Barbican commission: 2013’s mirror house

Got that? The artists, who are exhibiting video projection installations, photography, paintings, sculpture and performance, go on: “This is a series of inter-related artworks… in which artists have collaboratively explored the geography between Swan Wharf [at Hackney Wick] and Barbican.

“Strolling through this urban landscape, the collective used social media to identify and stories with each other, inspiring a series of multimedia and interactive artworks.”

Still need help? Here is a video: press Mnemonic City.

Press this for another, for a virtual reality installation by Hackney Wick creative technologists mbryonic.

Interfaces is the first annual showcase from Fish Island Labs, set up by the Barbican, once termed western Europe’s best-funded arts institution, and, the Trampery, a London social enterprise, to help a new generation of talent emerging in technology and the arts.

David Altheer 210815

* Mnemonic City at Interfaces exhibition, Barbican Arts Centre,  Silk Street, City EC2Y 8DS, Friday 21 August 2015 (6pm-9pm), Saturday (noon-9pm) Sunday (noon-5pm). Free. Disabled access.

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