The Barbican Centre has been a storied center for performing and fine arts in London for decades. But this stoic, Brutalist building was recently transformed into the site of any science fiction lover’s dreams, filled with Star Trek paraphernalia, cover art from the novels of Jules Verne and Margaret Atwood, and film clips of Black Mirror and Jurassic Park. The Centre’s latest show, Into the Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction, is a sprawling exhibition of over a century’s worth of science fiction, both high- and low-brow, in literature, art and film.
In putting together the show, guest curator Patrick Gyger wanted to show the different aspects of the genre, illuminating how science fiction has changed in various media in reaction to the times. “What is really important generally in sci-fi is the spaces in production media that drives creation,” says Gyger, a Swiss science fiction historian and writer. “The aesthetics [of science fiction] have changed over the years because of the ways that we create things.”
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