Friday 16 March 2018

The Barbican Tunnel Transformed

Tunnel Visions: Array - 59 Productions
Tunnel Visions: Array - 59 Productions
The Beech Street tunnel that leads from the Barbican tube to the Barbican Centre is hardly the most inspiring way of approaching an arts centre. This weekend (17-18 March 2018) it will be radically transformed as part of OpenFest, a two-day celebration of the Cultural Mile which includes the Barbican, the Guildhall and the Museum of London. Tunnel Visions: Array is a free light and sound installation in the tunnel created by 59 Productions. 

The tunnel will be transformed into an immersive audio-visual performance space, combining projection and sound technology with the Barbican’s distinctive brutalist architecture. The walls and ceiling of the tunnel will become a vast canvas for a newly-commissioned animated digital artwork inspired by composer/conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen’s Karawane, allowing audiences to explore the work aurally, visually and spatially. Karawane is a work for chorus and orchestra by Esa-Pekka Salonen, who is one of the Composer Focuses in the Barbican’s 2017/8 season.

OpenFest has a whole array of events, many of them free, celebrating the cultural diversity of the City of London. Full details from the Barbican website.

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