Digital Revolution is an immersive exhibition of art, design, film, music & video games, hosted by the Barbican in London.
Specially conceived and curated by Barbican International Enterprises, the exhibition features digital artists from around the globe. You are invited on a journey of discovery, where you are encouraged to play and interact with your surroundings.
When you enter, you are thrown back in time with an exhibit entitled Digital Archaeology. Immersed in a world of pop culture, retro video games, vintage music hardware and pioneering visual effects from cult films. While you listen to Aphex Twin - Windowlicker, you can try your hand at a game of Breakout, Pac Man or maybe just admire the artistic contributions from Google's Dev Art community.
As you advance through the various zones you progress towards contemporary technology and modern cinematography, where exhibits from Double Negative and Framestore interactively guide you through the groundbreaking and innovative visual effects used in the films Inception and Gravity. There is also a small section dedicated to wearable technology and what the future holds in store.
Throughout the Barbican there are loads of hands-on exhibits by contemporary artists. Some of which track your movements and abstract and alter the environment it which you are visualised. The Wishing Wall allows you to whisper a message that then gets transcribed and transformed into a butterfly which lands on you hand before it flies away.
My personal highlight was an interactive triptych entitled The Treachery of Sanctuary by Chris Milk. Three towering white luminescent screens take centre stage, as you walk in front your shadow appears and gets transformed by a dissimulation of birds.
The exhibition offers unforgettable experiences for all the family & runs between 3rd July & 14th September 2014.