If you feel like the daily surreal of social media is not enough to become a snippet of Black Mirror, prepare for the thrills delivered by the new exhibition at the Barbican Centre. Their summer exhibition, Into the Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction will create an immersive experience for sci-fi fans.

barbican into the unknown sci fi exhibition

Barbican brings together designers, filmmakers, VFX specialists, illustrators, writers and artists to a festival-style exhibition curated by Satrick Gyger, a Swiss historian and writer. The display will combine the classic of the genre alongside new ideas brought to sci-fi film and literature.

From the manuscripts of Jules Verne to models from the films that shook up the sci-fi scene, such as Jurassic Park, Godzila, District 9, Alien, Interstellar, Star Wars and Star Trek, the exhibition will explore how the genre was shaped, and how it’s used today to ask questions about the problems of the modern society. You’ll be able to see the new work of people behind Ex Machina and The Martian, too, and a selection of short films from around the world. And you could plunge into this world by entering the show resuscitated by Netflix recently. Black Mirror-inspired video installation will be located at the Barbican’s Silk Street entrance; based on 15 Million Merits episode in which the audition for the reality TV turns into earning merits on exercise bikes, it promises to offer an immersive experience to the visitors.

Alongside the exhibition, a selection of events will be brought to sci-fi fans, with classic film screenings, musical performances, and talks in partnership with New Scientist and Penguin Classics.

Into the Unknown: A Journey Through Science-Fiction. Barbican Centre, The Curve. From the 3rd of June to the 1st of September. Opening times: Sat – Wed: 10am-8pm, Thu – Fri: 10am-10pm, Bank holidays: 12 noon-8pm. Ticket prices: standard £14.50, concessions £12, students (aged 14-17)  £12.00, (under 14s) £5.

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