The Barbican Centre’s 2019 ambitious season Life Rewired explores what it means to be human when technology is changing everything.
Throughout the year, the season investigates the impact of the pace and extent of technological change on our culture and society, looking at how we can grasp and respond to the seismic shifts these advances will bring about.
It includes three film seasons Science on Screen, Smart Robots, Mortal Engines: Stanislaw Lem on Film, and Anime’s Human Machines, the interactive exhibition AI: More Than Human and immersive film experiences Collisions and a new work by Daria Martin.
Live events feature experimental music and dance. The Kronos Quartet’s Sight Machine is a multimedia performance putting a string quartet under the gaze of machine-vision and artificial intelligence. Tesseract, inspired by science fiction and time travel, integrates 3D film, dance and visual art.
The Life Rewired Hub is a new pop-up space on Level G. Hosting a programme of talks, performances, workshops, and residencies, this flexible structure invites audiences to engage with the dizzying impact of technological and scientific change on what it means to be human today.
In addition to this events programme, the Hub will be home to an exhibition which presents new writing and short films from artists and thinkers who are navigating the complex, vast, and all-too-often confusing discourse taking place around the impact of technology on our lives.